Open data cloud services are disruptive, game-changing technologies that fundamentally redefine the relationship between citizens and government data. They make access to data easy, efficient, and inexpensive. New York State lags other states and large cities in the implementation of open data. I have argued in a recent post and radio interview why it is vital that New York State implement an open data initiative. In this post, I will explain how it can be done.
Click on the play button below to listen to the podcast of the March 8, 2012 interview on The Capitol Pressroom where Susan Arbetter discusses an open letter from Sean Brady and Cornell professor John Sipple to Andrew Cuomo advocating that the governor support a New York State government open data initiative. The letter appeared […]
Prism president Sean Brady will be Susan Arbetter’s guest on The Capitol Pressroom this Thursdsay, March 8 from 11:20 AM to 11:30 AM. Susan will be discussing an open letter from Sean and Cornell professor John Sipple to Andrew Cuomo advocating that the governor support a New York State government open data initiative. The Capitol Pressroom can be heard on public radio stations throughout upstate New York on stations including Buffalo (WBFO), Rochester (WXXI), Syracuse (WRVO), Binghamton (WSKG) & Albany (WVCR). You can also listen live or by podcast at http://www.wcny.org/capitolbureau
Around the world, governments are opening access to public data sets and allowing the public to find, download and use machine-readable data sets generated by the government. These initiatives spur innovation and creativity, increase government accountability and transparency, reduce waste and fraud, and improve our quality of life. Yet New York State lags miserably. This open letter to Andrew Cuomo exhorts the Governor to give the public free access to machine readable New York State government data in non-proprietary formats, to convert that data into open linked standards to allow it to be easily connected to other data, and to encourage broad, innovative use of the data by providing the appropriate tools and incentives.