This week in Transparency and Accountability

Really great blog by David Eaves on open data http://eaves.ca/2013/04/25/the-value-of-open-data-dont-measure-growth-measure-destruction/

“Look at CKAN and Socrata. Most people believe these are open data portal solutions. That is a mistake. These are data management companies that happen to have simply made “sharing (or “open”) a core design feature.

Another good article on open data: “open data only exists in relation to a broader information system that gives it meaning: open data as a thing-in-itself does not exist in the real world.”

From Open Data to Information Justice (v. 1.1) http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2241092

And another great article, questioning the role that NGOs should play in the open data landscape – gather and publish data, or focus on advocacy? http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/04/26/opengov-voices-data-at-a-crossroads-the-big-dilemma-of-what-to-do-next-in-the-fight-for-openness/

Ethan Zuckerman on how to use the energy of election monitoring groups post-elections – get them to monitor infrastructure and services

http://www.ethanzuckerman.com/blog/2013/04/26/what-comes-after-election-monitoring-citizen-monitoring-of-infrastructure/

What does the U.S. taxpayer get for that $50 billion? great post on IATI by Publish What You Fund US Advisor Rodney Bent http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2013/04/12/opengov-voices-bring-that-lantern-over-here-why-budget-transparency-matters/ …

The investees of Global Integrity’s TESTING 123 program are now announced. Nice idea in that they have few investees (5) and small grants ($10,000) so should be able to dig deep and provide real support.

http://innovation.globalintegrity.org/

Check out the Center for Global Development’s parallel Fermanagh Declaration, highlighting what success at the G8 could look like

http://www.cgdev.org/sites/default/files/FermanaghDeclaration.pdf

Interesting from TechPresident on NYC BigApps “re-inventing” the Hackathon

http://techpresident.com/news/23800/nyc-bigapps-refines-civic-hackathon

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