Last weekend I helped host an Open Data Day in Vancouver. With the generous support of Domain7, who gave us a place to host talks and hack, over 30 Vancouverites braved the sleet and snow to spend the day sharing ideas and working on projects. We had opening comments from Andy Yan – whose may . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Great Hacks from the Open Data in Vancouver
With over 110 Events happening world wide it is impossible to talk about every Open Data Day event. But looking almost every event on the wiki I’ve been deeply moved and inspired by the various efforts, goals and aspirations of the people who have organized these events. In order to help others understand why Open . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data Day 2014 – Five Fun Events Around the World
This just came across my email via Michael Roberts who has been doing great work in this space. Open Data for Development Challenge January 27–28, 2014 — Montreal, Canada Do you want to share your creative ideas and cutting-edge expertise, and make a difference in the world? Do you want to help Canadians and the . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data for Development Challenge on Jan 27-28
So, with much help from various community members (who reminded me that we need to get this rolling – looking at you Heather Leson), I pleased to say we are starting to gear up for Open Data Day 2014 on February 22nd, 2014. From its humble beginnings of a conversation between a few friends who . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data Day 2014 is Coming Feb 22 – Time to Join the Fun!
The other week Martin Tisne, the UK Policy Director at the Omidyar Network, as well as one of the key architects of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), posted a blog post expressing concern that Civil Society participants have misunderstood the OGP. Specifically Tisne is concerned that by focusing on entrance into the OGP rather . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: OGP Rules of the Game – Tactical Mistake or Strategic Necessity?
Over at Global, David Skok and his team have created a very nice visualization of the over 28,666 crude oil spills that have happened on Alberta pipelines over the last 37 years (that’s about two a day). Indeed, for good measure they’ve also visualized the additional 31,453 spills of “other” substance carried by Alberta pipeline . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Some Nice Journalistic Data Visualization – Global’s Crude Awakening
If you haven’t seen it yet, Glen Newton has done some really awesome visualizations of Canada’s energy production/consumption data. Here’s a version I “edited”:
What is cool is that, what I mean when I say “edited” is that any of the colour bars can be dragged vertically, so one can move around the components . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Visualizing Open Energy Data in Canada
I have an article titles Lies, Damn Lies and Open Data in Slate Magazine as part of their Future Tense series.
Here, for me, is the core point:
On the surface, the open data movement was about who could access and use government data. It rested on the idea that data was as much a . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Lies, Damned Lies, and Open Data
Hi friends – am super excited about a number of upcoming events I’ve been asked to participate in this fall.
All this means I’ll be in Charlotte, Boston and Washington DC in case friends are around.
Democratic National Convention
Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 6th, the National Democratic Institute has invited me to speak at the International . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Fall 2012 – Some Fun Updates
If you have not had the chance, I strongly encourage you to check out a fantastic piece of journalism in this week’s Economist on the state of the Catholic Church in America. It’s a wonderful example of investigative and data driven journalism made possible (sadly) by the recent spat of sexual-abuse and bankruptcy cases. As . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Transparency Case Study: There are Good and Bad Ways Your Organization can be made “Open”
Earlier this month I had the good fortune of visiting China – a place I’m deeply curious about and – aside from some second year university courses, the reporting from the Economist, and the occasional trip over to Tea Leaf Nation – remains too foreign to me for comfort given its enormous importance.
As always . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: China, Twitter and the 0.1%
I remember in the early 80’s when I was about 8 years old I walked up to my dad and said “you know the year 2000 really isn’t that far away, and unless something changes we aren’t going to get jetpacks and flying cars.” Even then I could see the innovation curve wasn’t going to . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Living in the Future: My Car isn’t Flying, but it is Cheap and Gamified
Was doing some research for a story I am writing over at TechPresident which had me visiting the site of Mxit, a social network built largely for mobile phones and used by urban youths in South Africa.
Check out the landing page for the site (note the red circle):
So, where I grew up . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: If you are away from your cell phone… Awesome South African Online Ad
Some of you may know that I sit on the board of directors for OpenNorth – a cool little non-profit that is building tools for citizens, governments and journalists to improve participation and, sometimes, just make it a little bit easier to be a citizen. Here’s great example of a simple tool they created that . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Help OpenNorth Raise 10K to Improve Democracy and Engagement thru Tech
Last week the White House launched its new roadmap for digital government. This included the publication of Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People (PDF version), the issuing of a Presidential directive and the announcement of White House Innovation Fellows.
In other words, it was a big week for . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The US Government’s Digital Strategy: The New Benchmark and Some Lessons
A couple of years ago I wrote a Globe Op-Ed “A Click Heard Across the Public Service” that outlined the significance of the clerk using GCPEDIA to communicate with public servants. It was a message – or even more importantly – an action to affirm his commitment to change how government works.
Well, the clerk . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Mainstreaming The Gov 2.0 Message in the Canadian Public Service
This week, the Literary Review of Canada published my and Taylor Owen’s review of When the Gods Changed: The Death of Liberal Canada by Peter C. Newman. For non-Canadians Peter Newman is pretty much a legend when it comes to covering Canadian history and politics, he was editor of the country’s largest newspaper and main . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: My LRC Review of “When the Gods Changed” and other recommended weekend readings
So, many, many things I’d like to blog upon at the moment. I’m in Brasilia at the Open Government Partnership meeting, so obviously lots to talk about there, and, of course, Canada Post has completely lost it and is suing a company over postal code data but it’s been twenty hour days and those post . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: NASA space hackathon (in Vancouver) this weekend
You know, really never know what the web is going to throw at you next. The great people over at Stamen Design (if you’ve never heard of Stamen you are really missing out – they are probably the best data visualization company I know) have created a watercolor version of Google Maps.
Because they . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Beautiful Maps – Google Maps in Water Colours
Sorry for the lack of posts this week – just some calm before gathering storm. April and May are going to be intense.
For those interested in these things I’ve a number of upcoming talks I’ll be giving and and conferences I’ll be attending. Many of these are open to the public in case you . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Some upcoming talks
Government Procurement is Broken: Example #5,294,702 or “The Government’s $200,000 Useless Android Application” by Rich Jones
This post is actually a few months old, but I stumbled on it again the other day and could help but laugh and cry at the same time. Written by a freelance computer developer, the post traces the discovery . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: What I’m Digesting: Good Reads from the First Week of January
Sometimes it is the small things that show how government just gets it all so wrong.
Last Thursday The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac has a little bit on the US Post Office and its declining fortunes as people move away from mail. There is no doubt that the post offices days are numbered, but that . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Why is Finding a Post Box so Hard?
So a number of things have started to really come together for this Saturday Dec 3rd. I’ve noticed a number of new cities being tweeted about (hello Kuala Lumpur & Oakland!) and others adding themselves to the wiki. Indeed, we seem to be above 40 cities. It is hard to know how many people will . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: International Open Data Hackathon, Dec 3rd. It’s coming together.
Just before its launch in New York on September 20th, the Canadian Government agreed to be a signatory of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Composed of over 40 countries the OGP signatories are required to create a list of commitments they promise to implement. Because Canada signed on just before the deadline it has not […] . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: As Canada Searches for its Open Government Partnership Commitments: A Proposal