Technology for Transparency


Tarek Amr ( @gr33ndata )


http://tarekamr.com/slides/‎tischooltunis

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Open Knowledge


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.


eg.okfn.org

$3.2 Billion


Open Data saved Canada $3.2 billion in Charity Tax Fraud.

Open Data?



Legal aspect

Technical aspect

Open Definition



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*.

Machine-readable


Mr. Bean was in London yesterday.


Who was in London yesterday?
Where was Mr. Bean yesterday?
When was Mr. Bean in London?

Machine-readable


<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.

Non-proprietary software


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.

Financial Data

Financial Data


Budgets, spending, balance sheets or procurement.

Central government, municipality, city, ministry, university or any entity.

Open Spending


By understanding how governments spend money in our name can we have a say in how that money will affect our own lives.

Open Spending


Upload, Explore, Visualise and Contribute.

Government Budget


Floussna.ma

Personalize


WhereDoesMyMoneyGo.org

Parliamentary Monitoring

MPs


TheyWorkForYou.com (Bio, Votes, Debates, etc.)

MPs and Paries


Marsad.tn, Tunisian Parties Mercato

MPs to be.


Soutak.com, YelloPages for Candidates

Bills and Laws


OpenParliament.ca, bills and laws

Votes


Marsad.tn, Votes breakdown and Facebook integration

Not just parliaments


Marsad.tn, Municipalities

More Projects

Promises Monitoring


Morsi Meter, Jomaa Meter, Rouhani Meter, Namo Meter, etc.

Problem Reporting


FixMyStreet.com, a crowdsourcing platform for people to report, view, or discuss local problems they’ve found in their local area.

FoI Tracking


List of Freedom of Information tracking websites (Alaveteli-based or not)

Poderopedia


Poderopedia reveals links among business and political leaders in Chile. LittleSis.org in USA.

Open Corporates


OpenCorporates.com, corporate network data, financial accounts, and more. Nike list of suppliers.

Platforms

CKAN


Data.gov (106K Datasets)

Formats: CSV, JSON, XML, etc.)

CKAN Instances*


Data.gov, Data.gov.uk, Data.gov.bf, etc.

Amsterdam, Berlin, Buenos Aires, etc.

Africa, EU, Datahub, etc.

Open Source Software


Github, social coding

Civic Hacking


Software to solve problems

MySociety


mySociety, Open Sources FixMyStreet

Poplus


Poplus building-blocks for Civic Hacking

Google Docs


Documenting Egypt’s Elections Results

Offline vs. Online


Crowdsourcing

Society Representation

Social Media and Blogs

Legwork

Conclusion


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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