Open Knowledge is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge.
Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike*.
Who was in London yesterday?
Where was Mr. Bean yesterday?
When was Mr. Bean in London?
<WHO>Mr. Bean</WHO> was in <WHERE>London</WHERE> <WHEN>yesterday</WHEN>.
Now a computer can understand that. Thus, we prefere to use formats such as CSV, JSON and XML for our data.
This can be achieved by the provision of the work in an open data format, i.e. one whose specification is publicly and freely available and which places no restrictions monetary or otherwise upon its use.
Budgets, spending, balance sheets or procurement.
Central government, municipality, city, ministry, university or any entity.
By understanding how governments spend money in our name can we have a say in how that money will affect our own lives.
Upload, Explore, Visualise and Contribute.
TheyWorkForYou.com (Bio, Votes, Debates, etc.)
Marsad.tn, Tunisian Parties Mercato
Soutak.com, YelloPages for Candidates
OpenParliament.ca, bills and laws
Marsad.tn, Votes breakdown and Facebook integration
Morsi Meter, Jomaa Meter, Rouhani Meter, Namo Meter, etc.
FixMyStreet.com, a crowdsourcing platform for people to report, view, or discuss local problems they’ve found in their local area.
Poderopedia reveals links among business and political leaders in Chile. LittleSis.org in USA.
OpenCorporates.com, corporate network data, financial accounts, and more. Nike list of suppliers.
Data.gov (106K Datasets)
Formats: CSV, JSON, XML, etc.)
Data.gov, Data.gov.uk, Data.gov.bf, etc.
Amsterdam, Berlin, Buenos Aires, etc.
Africa, EU, Datahub, etc.
Github, social coding
Software to solve problems
mySociety, Open Sources FixMyStreet
Poplus building-blocks for Civic Hacking
Documenting Egypt’s Elections Results
Social Media and Blogs
Feel free to contact me if you have any comments about the ideas mentioned here, or if you would like me to help you using it in any of your projects.
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