New project aims to map Open Data around the world

A broad coalition of stakeholders have launched DataCatalogs.org, a new project to keep track of open data initiatives around the world.

The alpha version of the project launched on 30 June 2011 at the Open Knowledge Foundation’s* annual conference in Berlin, with the aim to be ‘the most comprehensive list of open data catalogs in the world’. The reason for the initiative is explained in their press release as follows:
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A dummy’s guide to linked data

If you’re thinking that everything has suddenly all become about data (even round these parts), and have been wondering why it’s relevant, then this presentation by the Media Trust’s Martin Moore on the topic of linked data is for you.

You can also view the talk in full here:

The presentation was part of a panel discussion on linked data at the News Rewired conference. The videos of each panelist are now available, and are well worth dipping into.

Beginners guide to Where Does My Money Go?

As some of you know I’m working with the Open Knowledge Foundation at the moment on their Where Does My Money Go? project. The project is trying to make UK government finances much easier to explore and understand (no mean feat!) – so you can see where every pound of your taxes gets spent.

Over the last few months the team has been updating the look and feel of the site, adding new visualisations, as well as doing a lot of work on adding new datasets and making them more accessible. To introduce the site to first timers myself and Daniel Dietrich put together the following screencast, which we hope might be the first of a short series showing different aspects of the site.

Introduction to the power of open data

Where Does My Money Go?As some of you may know I’ve been working with the Where Does My Money Go? team over the last month or so, helping with the communications side of things.

Where Does My Money Go? (WDMMG) is run by the Open Knowledge Foundation, a “not-for-profit organization promoting open knowledge: that’s any kind of information – sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata – that can be freely used, reused, and redistributed.”

WDMMG gathers, analyses and visualises UK government spending data with the aim of making that information more usable and useful – for tax payers, journalists, businesses, researchers, policy makers, politicians and more. The aim is to make government spending as transparent as possible to hold the government to account but also to enable more informed decision making in the long run.

It’s a fascinating project and is part of a wider open data trend and movement that has been gathering pace over the last few years.

One of the main protagonists in this area is father of the web Tim Berners-Lee, who is famed for getting the 2009 TED conference audience to shout “Raw Data Now!”.

So as a way of introducing the concept of open data and it’s potential power, this five minute video by Tim at this year’s TED conference is worth viewing:

UPDATE 5/08/2010: Apparently TBL’s shout of “Raw Data Now!” was based on a meme that started with this Open Knowledge Foundation blog post, and which Tim cites here.