Jim Hendler

Last week’s International Open Government Data Conference offered a lot of worthy ideas and insights. Among them was the Best of the Lightning Talks by Tariq Khokhar, World Bank Open Data Evangelist, and Jeanne Holm, Data.gov Evangelist, which summarized 29 different presentations that made virtually in the initial days of the conference.

I have been compiling and auditing the presentations and materials presented throughout the conference and found, however, some real deficiencies that suggest things presented are not as advertised. For instance: Keep reading →

This week at the SemTech Biz DC Conference, Jim Hendler, advisor to Data.gov, explained the history of the “friendly competition” between the US data.gov and data.gov.uk and said that the latter had about 6000 data sets that were in better shape than the former. So I decided to take another look and was very impressed.

Hendler also said that the UK Government has designed and made great use of standard Web address practices in their linked data and moved even further ahead of the US in open data with creation of the Open Data Institute. Keep reading →