A Year of Open Government Data: Transparency, but also Innovation

Originally appeared on Nodalities Blog: http://blogs.talis.com/nodalities/2011/01/opengov-data.php Towards the end of 2010, Wikileaks generates many headlines as it publishes information on the web, causing controversy and leading to talk about politicians hiding information from the public. Reporters and commentators express shock or admiration when telling the story of a rogue organisation making governmental information public. WhatContinue reading “A Year of Open Government Data: Transparency, but also Innovation”

Information as a Civil Liberty

Originally appeared on Nodalities Blog: http://blogs.talis.com/nodalities “Free citizens must be able to hold big institutions and powerful individuals to account.” I attended a speech at the Institute for Government by UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at which he outlined the government’s stance on civil liberties. This topic is one I am particularly passionate aboutContinue reading “Information as a Civil Liberty”

Extending the Semantic Web (from Crete, with love)

Originally appeared on Nodalities Blog: http://blogs.talis.com/nodalities This is my first year attending the ESWC (formerly “European Semantic Web Conference” now the “Extended Semantic Web Conference,” cleverly, the acronym still works) near Heraklion on Crete. It’s only a couple days in, but I thought it’d be a good time to report back to the Nodalities readers.Continue reading “Extending the Semantic Web (from Crete, with love)”

Facebook and the Open Graph: good for Linked Data?

Originally appeared on Nodalities Blog: http://blogs.talis.com/nodalities |This post will feature in Nodalities Magazine issue 10. In April, I was watching the twitterverse explode during the Facebook’s f8 conference, as a steady stream of links and gasps and applause and intentions to delete profiles poured out. My initial reaction to quickly-scanned third-hand reports was essentially: “OhContinue reading “Facebook and the Open Graph: good for Linked Data?”

Postcode Paper: What you can do with the right data.

Originally appeared on Nodalities Blog: http://blogs.talis.com/nodalities Last week, I met up with some folks who are building some amazing things with public data. After seeing their Postcode Paper project, I was left with the lasting impression that given the raw materials, there is very little hindrance to what can be built. In the Postcode Paper,Continue reading “Postcode Paper: What you can do with the right data.”

Open and Closed Case

Originally appeared on Nodalities Blog: http://blogs.talis.com/nodalities So, we’ve been banging on about opening up access to public data for a while. Talis has put its money where its mouth is and helped to fund the PDDL to give organisations a legal framework for dedicating their data to the public domain. (We’ll even host open dataContinue reading “Open and Closed Case”

Britain 2.5

Originally appeared on Nodalities Blog: http://blogs.talis.com/nodalities It’s hardly new for this blog or our community to cover issues of open access and making information useful for users. But, what if we were to begin speaking in terms  such as: “A call for transparency,” or subtly replace user with citizen?  With little substantive shift of core meaning,Continue reading “Britain 2.5”

Web two dot oh plus one, in the cloud, with bells on…

Originally appeared on Nodalities Blog: http://blogs.talis.com/nodalities The tech world is telling a story about the Web and computing, and the mainstream media seem to be catching on. They’re hearing about clouds, wikis, and the history of the World-wide Web. The whole thing reads like some sort of legend… It was an era, long ago, whenContinue reading “Web two dot oh plus one, in the cloud, with bells on…”