Open Government Data (approaches, concerns and barriers, lessons learned)

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Open Government Data (approaches, concerns and barriers, lessons learned)

  1. 1. Open Government Data (approaches, concerns and barriers, lessons learned) Share-PSI workshop, 10-11 May 2011, Brussels José Manuel Alonso CC-BY 2011 CTIC Centro Tecnológico
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Context and projects in Spain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety of approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Concerns heard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Importance of OGD Ecosystem </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lessons learned (and food for discussion) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Context: Projects <ul><li>Spain (11 projects + 3 more in the works) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Local </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8 Regional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 National: National Data Catalogue </li></ul></ul><ul><li>International (2 projects + 2 more in the works) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feasibility (in partnership with Web Foundation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chile, Ghana </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardization: W3C eGovernment </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Spain: varied technical approaches Datasets Technology Asturias Few 5-star Linked Data Basque Country Hundreds, much low-hanging fruit All formats, RDF metadata Cataluña Dozens All formats, some RDF/XML, several APIs, some high quality Zaragoza Dozens All formats, some 5-star Linked Data, some APIs Gijón Dozens All formats, some RDF/XML, several APIs, some high quality National Hundreds from XLS to HTML pages to PDF reports
  5. 5. Spain: varied types of information Example Asturias <ul><ul><li>Hundreds of occupational training courses in Linked Data </li></ul></ul>Basque Country <ul><ul><li>Database of Spanish-Basque word and expression translations (700Mb) </li></ul></ul>Cataluña <ul><ul><li>25.000 geo-located public equipments in RDF/XML </li></ul></ul>Zaragoza Water cut offs in real time (GeoRSS) Gijón Public transport in real time (Linked Data) National A little bit of everything
  6. 6. Concerns Heard <ul><li>Loss of licensing revenue </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of control </li></ul><ul><li>Legal challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Unwelcomed exposure </li></ul><ul><li>Procedural changes </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>National security </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity </li></ul><ul><li>Investment </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity building required </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity, quality </li></ul><ul><li>Corruption, falsification of data </li></ul><ul><li>Customer service </li></ul><ul><li>(Positives are outweighing the concerns) </li></ul>
  7. 7. OGD Ecosystem: Context is very important Economical and Business Macroeconomic Stability Financial Markets Markets for Goods and Services Business Environment Social Demographics Labor Market Quality of Life Education and Literacy Infraestructures y Sci-Tech Innovation ICT Usage Infraestructures Open Access Legal Basis Awareness and Support Data and Interoperability Agents Institutional and Political Governance and Democracy Transparency and Corruption Cooperation
  8. 8. Lessons learned: organizational <ul><li>Raise awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance to change is a delicate issue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Government people tend to avoid risks (so keep them low) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Almost) no performance data available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ What I ’ m doing already works well enough ” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Start small and grow steadily </li></ul><ul><li>Technology represents a small percentage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Much time spent on analyzing state of the (internal) art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Much internal outreach is needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Identify champions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If they tell how to improve lives , even better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beware of the “ blinded by visualizations ” , aka trivilization for the masses effect </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Lessons learned: financial <ul><li>Perform an informed cost analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. the 18K EUR TB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>susteinability beyond the hype phase </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Beware of the economic growth argument </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-use is not that high </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring practice so far is not good enough </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Downloads? (and what about entrepreneurships?) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Improved Efficiency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consolidated information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improved interoperability (by chance?) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Licensing: give the information away for free but be ready to fight for doing so </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote CC-BY or CC0 like licenses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OGL great step forward </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Lessons learned: technical <ul><li>Raw data now… and better data afterwards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. start with the low hanging fruit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>improve over time ( steps ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do not try to enforce an specific architecture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chances are you could not deploy it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to adapt to existing systems and build on top of them as a start </li></ul></ul><ul><li>More standardization is needed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. on vocabularies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What ’ s a dataset? What ’ s a catalogue? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Counting datasets is bad </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Linked Data is not easy but a good tactic, needs improvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It just doesn ’ t work (semantic browsers examples) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better tooling is needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity building </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Conclusions <ul><li>The whole ecosystem is very important, don ’ t underestimate </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns are still many but there are some arguments to be used </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They need to be addressed ASAP anyway </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The number of projects is constantly increasing and improving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let ’ s build on success stories </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Thank you <ul><li>http://datos.fundacionctic.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.w3.org/ eGov </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.webfoundation.org </li></ul><ul><li>josema.alonso @fundacionctic.org </li></ul><ul><li>josema @w3. org </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@ josemalonso </li></ul>

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