The Vermont Open Data Summit on October 8 in Montpelier will bring together Vermonters interested in learning and talking about Open Data in the Green Mountain State. See more info about what Open Data refers to and why it matters below the schedule. Walkins are welcome, so please do stop in at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier if you can (registration is $25)
1:00 - 1:15 - Welcome: Leslie Pelch, VCGI
1:15 - 1:45 - Keynote: John Cohn, IBM (and VT Hackathon)
1:45 - 2:15 - Intro to Open Data: Jim Duncan, VT Monitoring Cooperative
2:15 - 2:30 - Break
2:30 - 3:15 - The State of VT's Open Data Efforts & VT's Public Record Law: Steve Sharp, VCGI; Harry Bell, VT Dept. of Innovation and Information; Trevor Lewis, VT State Archives and Records Administration
3:15 - 4:00 - Panel Discussion with Civic Hackers: Bradley Holt, Found Line; Nick Floersch, Stone Environmental; Bill Morris, Geosprocket
4:00 - 4:30 - Discussion: Participants discuss what they have learned and provide feedback regarding public sector Open Data efforts
Descriptions of the talks listed above can be found here: Open Data Summit Descriptions
Capitol Plaza Hotel
100 State St.
link to Google MAP
What is Open Data?
Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share alike.
Why Open Data?
Open data, especially open government data, is a tremendous resource that is as yet largely untapped. Many individuals and organisations collect a broad range of different types of data in order to perform their tasks. Government is particularly significant in this respect, both because of the quantity and centrality of the data it collects, but also because most of that government data is public data by law, and therefore could be made open and made available for others to use. Why is that of interest?
There are many areas where we can expect open data to be of value, and where examples of how it has been used already exist. There are also many different groups of people and organisations who can benefit from the availability of open data, including government itself. At the same time it is impossible to predict precisely how and where value will be created in the future. The nature of innovation is that developments often comes from unlikely places.
It is already possible to point to a large number of areas where open government data is creating value. Some of these areas include:
- Transparency and democratic control
- Improved or new private products and services
- Improved efficiency of government services
- Improved effectiveness of government services
- Impact measurement of policies
- New knowledge from combined data sources and patterns in large data volumes
The Federal Government's information about Open Data
The data.gov website: http://www.data.gov/about