„Wazing the Information Super Highway: Linking the World’s Open Data Resources“ Alon Peled #CeDEM15 #keynote

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Who produces the greatest amount of data? US Congress Library ? No (=the size of bacteria). Google? No (=size of a merlin bird). NSA? No (=size of a whale). It is the Federal Agencies. Alon Peled in his keynote „Wazing the Information Super Highway: Linking the World’s Open Data Resources“.

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„Wazing the Information Super Highway: Linking the World’s Open Data Resources“
Alon Peled
Associate Professor and Political Scientist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Who owns the largest amount of information in the world? The Library of Congress? Google? NASA? NSA Data Center? Failure to share information amongst governmental agencies is dangerous and could even cause death (context of the Hurricane Katrina).

PSIE (Public Sector Information Exchange) would make the exchange of information from governmental agencies to others possible.
There is no worldwide Catalogue of Open Government Data released by any authority anywhere in the world. Inspired by the european engage-project, there was a Catalogue created with the objective of building test data. This software crawls the web to find Open Government Data.

Currently, there are 521 Catalogues covered by the software, close to 400.000 assets are available. Canada is at the moment the most impressive country when it comes to releasing Open Government Data.

The frequency and the depth of the published data can be measured. You could create a bitmap based on certain indicators. The size of the bubbles represent the amount of Open Government Data, which is released. OGD is done right if supply meets demand. The vizualisation OGD assets within a particular country shows, that the publication of OGD follows a pattern, dependent on quantity and variety of the published OGD. PSIE became the world’s best and largest OGD search engine.

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Who produces the greatest amount of data?
US Congress Library ? No (=the size of bacteria). Google? No (=size of a merlin bird). NSA? No (=size of a whale). It is the Federal Agencies.

Alon aimed to develop PSIE – the Public Sector Information Exchange.
In 2013, Alon proposed to Google that he would build a PSIE prototype in 1 year with 100,000 USD. Google agreed, but only if the prototype was developed working with real government data. So where are the data government assets to test the prototype? OGD portals and data vendors were not suitable and not unified worldwide OGD catalog is available. So Alon created an own catalog, and his prototype is still crawling the internet and indexing the data it finds.

PSIE database (“beast”) 400,000 has data assets so far, keeps on growing, as the crawler keeps crawling. No he can make the the data dance – visualising the data using e.g.. “heatmaps” or patterns. The amount of data released of every country follows a pattern, such patterns allow you to see what you didn’t before – researchers can focus & research such visualisation patterns.

OGD = is the law, but it is also good business (if it is done right, it can contribute to the economy)

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