Posts Tagged: data

Did you see the portal? Your Reax, please.

I came across this article titled “Government Plans Mobile Apps Store” Federal CIO Vivek Kundra outlines plans to offer mobile applications from an iPhone-like ‘store’ that will give the public access to new capabilities developed by both the government and third-party developers. I got curious when I read the article and immediately wentRead… Read more »

World Government Data – Is this the league table? Is there an international dimension?

Data Store – World Government Data Hi When I checked this out by looking at the data posted by country the results were: UK=1,699, U.S = 1042, New Zealand = 245 and Australia = 69. So on the face of it Australia is lagging behind. When I started to look at what is actually providedRead… Read more » live!

The Guardian is reporting that the website is expected to launch tomorrow (now today) – but apparently it’s already live – so everything’s in place bar the virtual ribbon cutting by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the guy who invented the world wide web. So what’s the big deal about this? Well – it’s a hugeRead… Read more »


The government is awash with acronyms. New acronyms are created daily. Acronyms create a barrier to understanding if they cannot be easily resolved, where easy = universal and universal = URL. There are many online dictionaries with entries that are found in Web searches. However, these return results only in highly formatted, not-well-formed HTML thatRead… Read more »

How Cities Can Increase Data Security and Save Money (Hint: Ditch the Tape Drive)

by Sophicity At the end of April 2009, a computer hacker managed to steal over 8.2 million personal records from the State of Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program, containing information such as social security and driver’s license numbers. Along with the stolen data, the hacker reportedly erased all of the State’s database backups, leaving no wayRead… Read more »

Transparency – what’s the end?

In an October 9th article in the New Republic, Lawrence Lessig authored an important critique of the transparency movement. Primarily asking the questions – transparency is all fine and good, but what is the end? Lessig’s article and a related article by Jill Lepore in The New Yorker point out that the rush to transparencyRead… Read more »

Legislink – Legislative URLs citation made easy

Note that this post is a cross post from my blog, Finding legislative materials is often have the battle of staying informed on what law makers are doing. Sites like and are aimed at making congressional information more accessible and do a good job at achieving this goal. A new project,,Read… Read more »