"A piece of data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and/or share-alike."
All government data collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated by a government entity shall be public unless classified by statute, or temporary classification pursuant to section 13.06, or federal law, as nonpublic or protected nonpublic, or with respect to data on individuals, as private or confidential. The responsible authority in every government entity shall keep records containing government data in such an arrangement and condition as to make them easily accessible for convenient use.
DPA was first written in the 70s.
Digital copies are exact and essentially free.
Databases are easy to export.
The internet is mostly prevalent and an excellent distribution system.
There were 10 robberies in the Wellford neighborhood in the month of October, 2013.
Goes back 10 years!
In Excel (multiple versions).
Microsoft Excel is a proprietary application file, not an open, data format.
PDF and MS Word are not open or a data format. Search interfaces are not a data format.
Machine-readable means a computer can easily read and process the data. JSON, CSV, XML.
No incidents for a month = no row of data.
Neighborhoods combined in 1996.
The data is released some time after the end of the month.
Stale data is bad for both the government and users of the data.
Still, we were able to get most of our dashboard done before we recieved the quote to get incident data directly from the MPD.
After launch we saw the data updates disappear.
(But it came back up after asking about it.)
The ability to link to data with consistent and reasonable URLs.
Privacy is a very important and political aspect of the data that is collected and shared.
Open Data is more concerned with accessibilty than with the public right to data.
Asking for it and downloading it are access mechanisms, not levels of privacy or security.
Open Data increases transparency to our governments.
Alleviates need for fulfilling requests both to residents and inter-agency requests.
Data is collected to aid in decision making.
Open Data helps to inform everyone in order to make their own decisions.
This leads to more civic participation, innovation, analysis, and economic development.
But still no data.
Allows for limited views into the data and limited information on how to make decisions.
Hennepin and Ramsey County will sign an Open GIS Data policy tomorrow.
That's right, Open Data is read AND write.