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Open By Default – W3C Webinar on Open Data

The W3C Data on the Web Best Practices WG is organizing a series of Open Data Webinars with City CIO’s from around the world to collect first hand use case examples of Open Data Opportunities, Challenges and Requirements – what’s worked, what needs work, and what lessons have been learned that we can harvest as part of our open standards Best Practices work.

These calls are open to the public and all content is contributed as Open Data under a Royalty Free license.

Our first call will be on February 13th at 9am PT, 12pm ET, and our speaker is Jonathan Reichental, CIO of the City of Palo Alto in California.  Palo Alto is a beautiful city of about 100,000 inhabitants in the middle of Silicon Valley.  It is home to Stanford University and it has a diverse IT savvy population.

Last Week, Palo Alto began a new policy initiative called “Open by Default” whereby the City seeks to be a model for Open Government and Transparency by publishing Open Data by default for all of it’s public activities.    Jonathan will talk about the goals of the Open by Default program, the cultural, technical, and political challenges the city faces implementing it and what we can all learn from their experience.

A recording of this call can be found here:

Open by Default – Palo Alto

Title: Open by Default

Speaker: Jonathan Reichental

Date: February 13th 2014

Time: 9am PT, 12pm ET, 5pm GMT, 6pm GMT

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  1. Excellent. In my current organisation (a leading university), we are working towards a principle of “open by default” with respect to our institutional information.

    Interestingly, we won’t be pursuing this as a policy statement (at least, not initially), on the basis that it is better to ask for forgiveness than to seek permission. If we raised this as a high-level political issue, the fear-factor and resistance to change would almost certainly kick in.

    Instead, we’re planning to apply a de facto design principle of “open by default” to all our new solutions and processes. This should encourage some conscious discussion with the business community to understand more about the nature of their data, without it seeming so threatening.

    We are also linking the design principle to our data classification scheme, which seeks to explicitly identify the risk profile and expectations for handling of data with respect to sensitivity and privacy implications.

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