ORGpedia: The Open Organizational Data Project


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Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the OrgPedia project is developing a free, not-for-profit online directory based on open data about domestic and international, public and private companies.

The ORGpedia beta site make available and downloadable a rich tapestry of information including corporate owners of regulated facilities including nuclear power plants located in the US. ORGpedia uses open government data published by the U.S. EPA, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as, crowd-sourced content from sites including Open Street Maps and ORGpedia itself.

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ORGpedia: The Open Organizational Data Project

  1. 1. ORGpediaThe Open OrganizationalData ProjectProf. Beth Simone NoveckJoel Gurin, Executive DirectorWebsite: +1-877-290-2127Direct +1-571-331-3758ORGpedia site development team:Luke Ruth, Application DeveloperDavid Wood, CTOBernadette Hyland, CEOFunded by theProject: Do Tankhttp://dotank.nyls.eduFriday, June 21, 13
  2. 2. Agenda• Update on ORGpedia site development• Project status• Datasets• Functionality review• Review Next steps• NYU stakeholder review• Engaging contributorsFriday, June 21, 13
  3. 3. Problem Statement• Taxpayers spend billions to have government collect data• Machine readable content is the new default forgovernment (OS&T M13-13)• Yet finding, accessing and combining data is difficult ...• ORGpedia: the Open Organizational Data Project isopening new possibilities• Based entirely on OpenWeb Standards, OpenSource & open government data• Leverages the crowd for data augmentationFriday, June 21, 13
  4. 4. Project Status HighlightsORGpedia Phase 1 began15-April 2013Completed as of 20 June 2013• Site live (QA)• Data platform installed onRackspace Cloud• Use case: Combine opengovernment data fromregulatory agencies fornuclear plants• Data sets: EPA Facilities,EPA Toxic Releases, NRCViolations, SEC, OpenStreet Maps, DBpedia• User Contributions• Wikipedia• Open Corporates• Visualizations: maps &charts• Support for public &authenticated users thruGoogle, Facebook,Yahoo!Friday, June 21, 13
  5. 5. ORGpedia Datasets• U.S. EPA• Facilities• Toxic Releases• US Nuclear RegulatoryCommission• ViolationsFriday, June 21, 13
  6. 6. ORGpedia is Innovative• Combines US Government Regulatory datawithout the expense, time and high failure rate oftraditional approaches• Leverages crowdsourcing to fix dirty data andbuilds on expert and/or local knowledge• Open vs. proprietary approach• Creates opportunity for new businesses &startupsFriday, June 21, 13
  7. 7. Technical Innovation• Linked Data --> Easy combination of datasets• Leverages an innovative Open Source dataplatform (Callimachus)• Crowdsourced contributions• Contributions overlay (do not overwrite)authoritative data• Web-scaleFriday, June 21, 13
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  9. 9. “Linked Data allows forcooperation without coordination”- DavidWoodFriday, June 21, 13
  10. 10. OpenStack Cloud Services Amazon Web ServicesTraditional networksPersistent URL (PURL)ServicesLinked DataServicesMobile Web PrintFriday, June 21, 13
  11. 11. ORGpedia is Interactive• The public can view, comment, discuss• Contributors can:• overlay controlled fields• Associate facilities with Linked OpenData and other Web content (e.g. stockquotes, images)• Template-driven approach make extendingthe site easyFriday, June 21, 13
  12. 12. ORGpediaUser ContributionsAdd/modify• EPA Facility name• Wikipedia abstract• Corporate Owner(s)• Wikipedia abstract• Open Corporates ID• Stock ticker• SEC ID• Related imagesFriday, June 21, 13
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  29. 29. ContributionhistorymaintainedFriday, June 21, 13
  30. 30. ORGpedia Site Summary• Addresses a compelling problem• Live site• Hosted on the cloud• Driven by Open data• Government• Linked Open Data• Crowdsourced• Open Source Data platform• Template driven approach• Drives hundreds of millions of web pagesCallimachusFriday, June 21, 13
  31. 31. Pitching ORGpedia ...About the project and case studiesFriday, June 21, 13
  32. 32. This work is Copyright © 2013 3 Round Stones Inc.It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported LicenseFull details at: are free:to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the workto Remix — to adapt the workUnder the following conditions:Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by theauthor or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorseyou or your use of the work).Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you maydistribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to thisone.Friday, June 21, 13