With more and more Linked Open Data published, it’s harder for users to consume them. If you publish just one dataset it’s pretty clear what you are offering and what they could consume. With a larger knowledge base, they have to start by learning its structure. In particular, they need to recognize in which dataset they could find the information they are looking for. That’s why we wanted to come up with a tool that would visually help users to explore a knowledge base and more importantly to enable them to visualise its content in a traditional way. Such a tool is our LDVMi, a part of the ODN platform.
To discover how the LDVMi works in practise, please watch this demo. Read More
The security considerations we would like to discuss in this blog post cover these two aspects:
- securing the IT environment of the data publisher organisation
- security (in the sense of „protection“) of the published data
Basis for security evaluation is finding that the data publication and subsequent interaction with the users who work with these data almost always lies in different security context than production data processing in the organization. Read More
In February 2015, a new Open Data project has been started by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic. The goal of this project is to establish standards and define procedure of publishing Open Data by public bodies in Czech Republic.
1. Action Plan for publishing Open Data
It is helpful to be aware that a number of steps need to be undertaken before the data is published (e.g. in Public Organizations). These include issues like:
- Mapping and understanding organizational processes (knowing what is going on, where data is produced, what the information flows are)
- Understanding the technical requirements (IT infrastructure)
- Understanding the related costs (e.g. costs required for hardware, human resources costs)
- Prioritization (what data should be published first?)
- Release schedule (what will be published when?)
In a number of countries, access to information is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. Constitutions often guarantee conflicting rights as well, such as the right to
privacy, so these are sometimes in tension and have to be properly balanced. When it comes to government information, countries typically have Freedom of Information Acts (FOIAs) that regulate in more detail who can request information, who has the legal obligation to provide it, under which circumstances, etc.
For instance in Slovakia, FOIA guarantees access to information to “everyone”: the citizenship or legal age are not a limitation, and neither is personhood. A foreigner, a child, or even a company can request information. However, FOIAs may not always regulate the electronic (digital) availability of data: Read More