Last month Rufus Pollock, Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation, spoke at OpenTech 2009 in a session with Richard Stirling of the Cabinet Office and John Sheridan of the Office of Public Sector Information.
His talk gave a blueprint for how to open up government data:
- Opening Up Government Data: Give it to Us Raw, Give it to Us Now (slides)
- Audio from Open Government Data session at OpenTech 2009
The talk includes the following, Opening Government Data “Rules”:
- “Really” open: use an open license for data
- Data first, interface second – shiny front ends come last
- Don’t worry about formats – as long as its RAW
- csv, rdf, xls, json … – doesn’t matter
- Reuse existing infrastructure where possible
- Cloud storage, ckan.net, …
- Build demand and supply feedback into the system
- Credit for good providers, demand info (voting) from developer and users
His talk also describes a vision for how UK government data will be discovered, stored, requested and reused:
Links to other documentation from talks at Open Tech 2009 are available here!