Roundup of Open Data Hong Kong news – 22 April, 2014
This evening! Open LegCo & Open Data @ 7pm in Wan Chai!
with LegCo Secretary General Kenneth Chen (Meet.19) - Tuesday, April 22
Our speaker will be Kenneth Chen, Secretary General of the LegCo Secretariat will present “Open Legco”, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council’s foray into the Open Data space, as well as speak about the opportunities of open data for civic engagement, politics and legislation in Hong Kong, and the challenges for government to get with Open Data.
ODHK HacKnight! (Meet.20) - in two weeks (7 May)
The second in a series of monthly hack nights for members to get together and work on their open data projects. If you have an idea, already working on a project, or just want to lend a hand and find out more about open data, come on out. People will pitch and present their projects for others to decide or start their own. No technical skills required – everyone has something they can contribute. Bring your laptop!
Want more events?
Here you go! See calendar of Open Data – relevant events here: http://blog.opendatahk.com/events/
Happy to add your open data-related events.
- Congratulations! Open Data projects and groups are winning awards!
- Data-HK wins the coveted ICT Students Award! Congrats Ron Tam, Ding Lam, Solomon Yan, Alfred Lai for getting gold! Props to Sctt Brady D and Cyrus Wong for mentoring this fantastic team. Discuss on Facebook
- Kites wins gold in the Entrepreneurial Innovation category – congrats Alan Tsui, Alger Hoi, Edwin Shao and team! Discuss on Facebook
- ODHK is on LinkedIn. Check us out. Link - Discuss on Facebook
- OKFn rebranded as “Open Knowledge” with cleaner, clearer messaging. Link - Discuss on Facebook
- An article about data-hk.com on open data and cloud technology in computer world. Link – Discuss on Facebook
Links we’re talking about
- Hong Kong government spending millions developing apps that no one downloads (SCMP) - HKGov not all that good at app development.. They should push all departments to open the information for the public to access and build on. That would support innovation more than current efforts. Link - Discuss on Facebook
- “Big data and open data: what’s what and why does it matter?” (The Guardian) - on the differences between open data, big data, and open government. Link – Discuss on Facebook
- Article in Unwire Pro about Open Data (in Chinese) - Link – Discuss on Facebook
- “Analysing data is the future for journalists, says Tim Berners-Lee” (The Guardian) – Link – Discuss on Facebook
Other upcoming events:
- HK Hacknight: Thursday 24 April
- OpenSourceHK.Hack.01 Hackathon: Sat. 26 April @ 11am
- China Legal Big Data Conference, Tuesday, 29 April
Photos from our first Hack night!
If you haven’t been to one of our 18 meets, come on out and join the community.
What else we’re reading
Curated links from the awesome people Open Data Weekly
The future of open data is local
Government Computing - The last three months have been the busiest three months of my life. In December we started to create Leeds Data Mill – the open data platform for the city. Traditionally cities use their data platform to release city council data, however we wanted to be more ambitious than that in Leeds and have worked to gain data not just from the city council (an amazing resource in itself), but from private sector and third sector.
How Open Data and Higher Ed Networks Can Decrease Poverty
Government Computing - This century, we face a much larger challenge than bringing 100 gigabyte connectivity to college campuses. We have to figure out how to feed 9 billion people and decrease poverty.
The Impact of Open Data
White House | Office of science and technology Policy - Freely available data from the U.S. Government is an important national resource, serving as fuel for entrepreneurship, innovation, scientific discovery, and other public benefits. According to a recent report, open data can generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value in key sectors of the global economy, including education, health, transportation, and electricity.
Open Data as Culture: science, arts and technologies to co-create possible futures
Art is open source - We will find out in Trento, at the ICT Days event, together with Trento rise, the Bruno Kessler Foundation and the Department of Engineering and Information Science of the University of Trento.
How open data is changing the business of real estate
Inman news - Whether it’s info on schools and crime, mortgage data, zoning permits, smog, traffic, noise, flood data or weather, “If there’s data out there associated with the home, we want it,” says Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff…
Free the Data: The Debate Over APIs and Open Government
The White House’s digital government strategy explicitly focuses on APIs, directing agencies to stand up application programming interfaces to enable government staff and the public to dynamically access government data. Vendors like Socrata support APIs as the default method for publishing opendata, certainly in part because they can charge for them.