This week: Seeking the Holy Grail of Open Government
Recently on Federal Tech Talk, Alexander Howard and Noel Dickover joined John Gilroy in a discussion on Open Government where a poignant metaphor was made; Opening government data harkens the imagery from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark: a massive warehouse wherein the lost, but found, ark of the covenant can become lost once again. The door to the metaphorical warehouse is being opened, but (keeping with the Indiana Jones theme) would you be able to find the Holy Grail within it?
For Charles Duncan Pardo finding the Holy Grail of Open Government would be more possible once Open Gov types start acting more like reporters by showing what the data means and what it’s worth, while reporters should start to think more like Open Gov types by highlighting where they got their data from, allowing others to dive into it more.
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For the readers among us, you may enjoy the OECD Working paper “Open Government Data: Towards Empirical Analysis of Open Government Data Initiatives.” The paper provides an analysis on future necessary analysis on Open Government Data initiatives.
Meanwhile, the Open Government Partnership is seeking to add a chapter on citizen engagement to “The Guide to Opening Government.” Because, isn’t the real Holy Grail of Open Government when citizens and communities are able use the data to interact with their governments and get the support and services they really need?