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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:16 am    Post subject: The Open Data Base ( A 21c Doomsday Book ? ) Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05qgcgj - BBC RADIO 4's ' The Life Scientific ' - featuring Nigel Shadbolt talking about ' Open Data ' as being in The Public Interest ...

... which together with Tim Berners Lee he has argued to politicians is very necessary, but are they really arguing for ' Open ' or are they arguing for the state to collect even more information in exchange for publishing some ? I.e. it is one thing to access the data collected by governments which enable us to understand the facts of the societies in which we live in better and to critique their behaviours and thus offer better informed arguments about them - but - what of those governments which want to work the argument backwards, out of the The Public Realm where we can all observe each other and it is legitimate to collect data and debate those relationships with each other which constitute the Res Publica - and into The Private Realm where the corporations and their governments are trying to push the idea that ' The Open Data Base ' includes our emails and bank accounts and social media activities ... that besides the cctv surveillance in our streets they ought to be able to use our phones and computers " when necessary " for surveillance ...

... by using the reverse-engineering possible e.g. people generally worry about phone calls being listened to but conventional hard-wired phones are easily reversed-engineered to monitor all conversations taking place near them, listening to all of our farts and giggles of The People in Wales and The World in order to Make The World Safe For The Demockerats. You think that your computer is off-line - not physically connected and with the wifi off - but you find pop-ups appearing ? Any computer can be programmed to appear to be " off " and a little bit of observation will demonstrate that your difficulty in working with it " on " is because something else is eating up your processor's capacity : it just does not require that much to view one of Repwblic.informe.com's simple webpages ... it is not impossible that your computer's webcam has been switched on to study the face of the person reading my jokes in order to see if you are laughing - so please do try to keep a straight face : it really does upset them when The People in Wales and The World are found to be Laughing at The Demockerats in Wales and The World ...

So ... where should the boundary be : what is in The Public Realm and what is in The Private Realm ? ... Our relationship with our own self is not in The Public Realm : in the United Kingdom there is this bizarre contradiction in court rooms where a person's relationship with their solicitor or doctor is confidential yet if by some chance - some chance ? - a person's relationship with his/her self came to light in documents such as a diary this can be cited as evidence against them : how then can any of us safely explore our relationship with our selves ? Anybody who has had the frustration of trying to make themselves understood to doctors, lawyers or indeed policemen who only interest themselves in recording information that interests them surely knows how bizarre misrepresentations occur - and therein lies the problem of governments collecting data : they only collect the data which answers their own views of The People in Wales and The World and since The United Kingdom is in essence a Terrorist State which views all of us as potential enemies to hold at bay, the basis upon which it collects information is one of paranoia.

Contrast the paranoid United Kingdom with the proposed United Republic which we hope to be create upon the principles of " The Open Conspiracy " ... but whilst " The Open Data Base " apparently refers to the same concept of " Open " which was proposed in " The Open Conspiracy " does it really ? Nigel Shadbolt and Tim Berners Lee apparently do understand the concept of " Open " - probably unaware of the origins of it in " The New Republicanism " of the early 1900s because it is a natural and obvious idea, it is reasoned upon the facts and therefore versions of it arise and arise and arise again because it is a necessary and functional idea - but they are trying to explain it to and get it adopted by Democrats, who are not interested in facts or reasons but emotions and manipulations in the pursuit of their Ultraistic ends. Could it be that Nigel Shadbolt and Tim Berners Lee are being naive in urging politicians and industrialists in the United Kingdom to adopt " The Open Data Base " and are in fact lending themselves to the ends of Ultraists by endorsing their claims to be pursuing principles falsely claimed to be identical to " Open."


So I decided to listen to ' The Life Scientific ' again ... I think that the trouble that I sense is that no Demoncrats were interviewed to scrutinise their understanding of the meaning ' The Open Data Base ' although they might cite such things as the GPS having been paid for with The People's money so they might be allowed to use it before it is used to guide nuclear missiles to reduce them all to dust and ashes as it was designed to do originally ... I very much doubt that any Demockerat would agree to the idea of ' Meta-Knowledge ' and admit to there being any limit to their understanding of anything ... they already enthuse over ' souveillance ' where they expect to be able to plunder the pictures and comments to be found on Facebook etc ( but of course not to surrender any information to be found in their own party's proceedings let alone any to be found in their discussions about how their governments plan to manipulate us on behalf of the corporations ) ... Nigel Shadbolt thinks that it is absurd that all data should be ' Open ' but notes that there is an strong asymmetry between the state's and the individual's access to each other's data, not to mention the even stronger one between the corporations and their customers ... the fact is that we do not own ourselves in the United Kingdom : we are subjects not citizens and our lives and therefore the data collected about them do not belong to us - we are still as we were in the aftermath of the Norman Conquest, when those in England found themselves reduced from the status of Free People to the status of livestock listed along with other farm animals and agricultural implements in that ultimate data base - The Doomsday Book ... now - that was the original of ' The Open Data Base ' - was that a good thing ?

Let me have a look at their website then - http://theodi.org/ - Oh ! - I like the Canadian one better - http://opendatainstitute.ca/ - https://usopendata.org/


http://theodi.org/ http://theodi.org/about-us

About the ODI

The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. It helps unlock supply, generates demand, creates and disseminates knowledge to address local and global issues.

We convene world-class experts to collaborate, incubate, nurture and mentor new ideas, and promote innovation. We enable anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

Founded by Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt, the ODI is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan, limited by guarantee company.

The ODI has secured £10m over five years from the UK Government (via the UK innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board), and $750,000 from Omidyar Network, and is working towards long-term sustainability through match funding and direct revenue.

With a 5,000 sq ft convening space based in the heart of London’s thriving Shoreditch area, and a global remit, we invite everyone interested in developing open data to get in touch.
Original plans

The following documents are provided for historical reference.

Open Data Institute Business Plan 2012-2017
Open Data Institute Implementation Plan 2012 and beyond
Making the UK More Competitive (an early six-page pitch)



CODI supports the advancement of open data education and use in Canada. This is part of public decision-making becoming evidence-based and data-driven. Whether the topic is transit, cultural mapping, police services, energy, urban planning, LGBT violence, strategic planning, education, community housing or something else – we work to bring open data into all communities.



Moving beyond the “Field of Dreams” model of releasing datasets, we’re matching data producers and consumers to create sustainable data ecosystems. ... We love government. We’re collaborating with local, state, and federal agencies (at no cost to them) to help them release data sets and promote their work. ... Before we even had a website, we had a GitHub repository. We’re creating, supporting, and promoting software essential to the open data ecosystem. ...



Since the opening of the Open Data Institute, the organization has been overwhelmed with requests to set up similar versions of the organization around the world. This has led to the development of nodes around the world, which have adopted the same goals of spreading and developing the principles open data technology. There are currently 13 nodes acting as catalysts for open data business development and training.




Now I think that this deserves a separate thread : this promises to remedy the problems involved in ' The Open Data Base ' of which the most prominent in my mind is that governments only collect the data that suits their own purposes - the Demockerats ask the questions which suit themselves and represent their own interests in manipulating The People.

OH ... Yeah - I already over-did it - http://repwblic.informe.com/open-knowledge-dt1077.html?highlight=open+knowledge
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started to post this on the Open Knowledge thread - http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?p=2637#2637 - but it is better here.

http://opendataday.org/ - INTERNATIONAL OPEN DATA HACKATHON - SATURDAY 21.02.2015 - apparently possibly somewhere in Wales ?


Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption open data policies by the world's local, regional and national governments. ... If you have an idea for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, learn about how to visualize or analyze data or simply want to see what's happening, then definitely come participate! No matter your skillset or interests, we are encouraging organizers to foster opportunities for you to learn and help the global open data community grow. ...



On the occasion of International Open Data Day 2015, the first meeting of Open Data Wales took place. This is the first time that a group has gathered in Wales with the intention of driving the Open Data agenda forward. Here is a quick run down of what we found, what we think we need to do next, and how you can get involved.
The state of Government Open Data in Wales ... The news is not good. There is currently only one government open data page in Wales. The majority of the data sets listed on it are not in fact open at all. In several cases the datasets it links to are obscured behind rendering interfaces. The notable exception is the Programme for Government data which provides access to data as json, however the volume of data is rather small and of niche interest.

Of the 22 local authorities in Wales, only one has an open data page, and that page contains no data at all. ... Slightly better news is that a search on data.gov.uk returns 289 data sets published by Welsh Government, some of which are made available under the open government licence. ... Essentially, the baseline from which we are starting the open data story in Wales appears to be marginally just above zero. The good news is that we can probably benefit from the vast global pool of experience to start building a capacity while avoiding the mistakes and stumbles of the open data pioneers.


What can I do?

1. Join in and participate in the conversation, you can join the facebook group, sign up to the mailing list, and start talking on twitter using the #opendatawales hashtag.

2. Put your hand up if you have any technical skills you can contribute.

3. Come to a meetup on the second Tuesday of the month, starting March 10th.

4. Start telling your government that you want them to take open data seriously, and help them by understanding what kind of data you want to work with and how they should make it available to you.

Many of you reading this will have better ideas on how we can move this agenda forward, please share in the comments here or on the mailing list and facebook group.

What is quite clear though is that it is no longer acceptable for Wales to remain in the stone age when it comes to open data. The process has begun and there’s no turning back.



Open data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.[1] The goals of the open data movement are similar to those of other "Open" movements such as open source, open hardware, open content, and open access. The philosophy behind open data has been long established (for example in the Mertonian tradition of science), but the term "open data" itself is recent, gaining popularity with the rise of the Internet and World Wide Web and, especially, with the launch of open-data government initiatives such as Data.gov and Data.gov.uk.


Without saying too much, surely the origins of the concept ' open ' as now favoured are in H G Wells' political programme ' The Open Conspiracy ' which set out exactly this sort of plan of action favoured by various ' open ' movements, notably ' The Open University ' which used television and correspondence as a step towards H G Wells concept of a ' World Brain ' which has by and large now been realised by the internet but which he anticipated as a sort of vast encyclopedic library consulted by telephone.

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