Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Of mice and servants ...

Thanks to Rob for this .... 8 data principles of Open Government

Of course it is an "open" group itself? No, of course not!

Only "members" can post comments.

[Addition : Though I joined the mailing list on the 12th Dec, I was unable to post for some reason. I assumed that the membership list was restricted in some manner. It now appears that membership is open for all to join and that my original view was wrong - see comments. My apologies to the Open Government group.]

Hmmm, doesn't seem very open to me. I'm certainly not voting for you.

Openness starts at home.

Oh and on their eight principles, getting the data is great but if you don't know what it means and how it was collected then it really is rather useless - even if it is machine readable, free of license etc.

4 comments:

Carl Malamud said...

Hi Simon -

It actually is open ... the group is "members only" in the sense that if you want to post to the mailing list, you have to join the mailing list. That's pretty standard. Try clicking a bit deeper ...

Carl

swardley said...

Hi Carl,

Ah, but I did click deeper - on the day that I looked at the group I joined the mailing list (12th Dec) and was still unable to post.

My apologies Carl, it certainly gave me the impression that someone was somehow moderating membership of the list.

On return I now find I'm a member. So I'll chalk this up to some sort of glitch instead.

Kindest

Simon W

Carl Malamud said...

Good to see it's working for you. Our glitch was google.

Our effort is totally decentralized, so glitches are an important byproduct of the open process. For a glitchless environment, you'd want the "effective government working group," but I don't believe they've released any product yet. ;)

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