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Facts first: Locating and re-using government data in Norway

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Presentation at the seminar "Give us our data". The democratic potential of open government data" in Bergen, Norway on January 12, 2010.

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Facts first: Locating and re-using government data in Norway

  1. 1. Facts first: Locating and re-using government data in Norway Open data seminar Olav Anders Øvrebø Bergen, 12 January 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>&quot;Neither in what it gives, nor in what it does not give, nor in the mode of presentation must the unclouded face of truth suffer wrong. Comment is free, but facts are sacred. &quot; </li></ul><ul><li>C.P. Scott (1921) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Facts first: the basic questions <ul><li>Where are the data? </li></ul><ul><li>Are data available for re-use? </li></ul><ul><li>If not, what obstacles are in the way? </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1. Information scarcity
  5. 5. 2. No datastore
  6. 6. ...so we started one
  7. 7. 3. Great potential
  8. 8. Data on the way
  9. 9. Obstacles to pass
  10. 10. 4. Knowledge gaps
  11. 11. Our recommendations <ul><li>Open datastores: State-regional-local </li></ul><ul><li>Write the rules: Principles, licenses, guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Protect privacy: Special attention to personal data </li></ul><ul><li>Create competition: Define and fund pilot projects </li></ul>
  12. 12. A Good Thing?
  13. 13. Insight or confusion?
  14. 14. The open data debates <ul><li>Good practices: How can data be presented and used in ways that benefit society and democracy? </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging community: How can developers, journalists, civil servants, scientists work together to improve tools and presentation? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Thank you!

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