Although the G7 countries need to work harder to improve their national action plans on open data, the efforts made so far may be able to provide a useful lesson for the international community to learn from or to avoid.Continue reading
Although the G7 is moving towards "open data by default," they show hesitations and difficulties to guarantee their data will be free of charge. Here are our detailed analysis on the G8 Open Data Charter Action Plan.Continue reading
Even though Canada has taken the most positive steps among the G7, there is still room for improvement for their municipal policies regarding what data should be public, how to make data public and how to implement policy.Continue reading
The U.S. is out with its Open Data Action Plan, stemming from a G7 commitment from last year. The plan lays out recent data releases and sets timelines for open data actions moving forward.Continue reading
Earlier this year the United States, along with the other G8 countries, signed on to an Open Data Charter. The document represented a high-level, international commitment to open data and transparency. It committed G8 countries to five important open data principles, including making open data the default. The document required signatories to release action plans for implementing the Charter by the end of October. Thanks to a tip from our friends at the German chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation we've found that, so far, only Britain and Italy have released their full plans (Japan has a draft plan available). There has been no talk, that we can find, about the U.S. action plan.Continue reading
The G8 countries today released a new declaration, and with it an Open Data Charter policy paper, which together constitute... View ArticleContinue reading
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Open data and transparency will be one of the three main topics at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland next week. Today transparency campaigners released preview results from the global Open Data Census showing that G8 countries still have a long way to go in releasing essential information as open data.The Open Data Census is run by the Open Knowledge Foundation, with the help of a network of local data experts around the globe. It measures the openness of data in ten key areas including those essential for transparency and accountability (such as election results and government spending data), and those vital for providing critical services to citizens (such as maps and transport timetables). Full results for the 2013 Open Data Census will be released later this year. Continue reading