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September 18, 2012



Good post Chuck, one thing worth mentioning that long time before The UK Open Data Experiment, there was US-based data.gov which, to this day, provides to the public a lot of the data collected by Federal, State and Municipal government organizations.

Martin Glassborow

Open Data is incredibly important, especially in the realms of health-care and medicine. The publication of data to ensure ensure that Cochrane Reviews can be carried out by medical researchers using data analytics would be a massive step to improving health-care and real force for good.

Chuck Hollis

Mchmarny -- thanks for the tip, updated my post as a result!

-- Chuck


Disclosure: EMCer here


Great post about a highly active area.

Building on the data.gov note above from Mchmarny, there are definitely some big thinkers in the US on this subject and some interesting things to check out.

In addition to all the data.gov stuff, the initiatives taken by Todd Park and Jennifer Pahlka are notable.

Before Todd became US CTO earlier this year he was CTO for HHS and a big champion of open data. The Health Datapalooza came out of this effort - http://www.hdiforum.org

Code for America (codeforamerica.org) was founded by Jennifer Pahlka and drives government to work better through the web and technology. Open data is a big part of her organizations success. Some of the efforts are big while others are local county or town hackers who come up with very interesting projects after getting access to open data.

Tim O'Reilly has been pushing Open Data for a while as part of his Gov 2.0 and, originally, Government as a Platform topic. In addition to Tim's contributions, Alex Howard is the primary contributor for Gov 2.0 work. However, several other O'Reilly staffers often have interesting things to say about open data.

Tim is also a cheerleader for Code for America.

Below is the link to Tim's original Gov 2.0 thoughts.


- David

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I definitely agree, open data brings many benefits. What's the use of technology if we can't use it in a good way right? Open data should be implemented by now.


good !

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

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