Friday, April 6, 2012
The Obama Administration says that big data is a big deal and announced the “Big Data Research and Development Initiative” starting with more than $200 million in new commitments that will improve tools and techniques for accessing, organizing and gleaning discoveries within digital data. Speaking of data, you can learn how companies and governments use data mining to discover more about you than you think. Tired of reading? You can watch Rufus Polluck, of the Open Knowledge Foundation, give his talk during the LIFT 2012 conference entitled Open Data: How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going. Recently, Timor-Leste released the data that development partners have entered in the Ministry’s Aid Management Platform to the public, and the Catholic Overseas Development Agency (CAFOD) became the latest NGO to publish its data to the IATI standard. Wikimedia Deutschland decides to take on data and plans to launch Wikidata in three phases, the first to be finished by August 2012. With all the hype that open data is getting worldwide, it’s no surprise that everyone is already getting excited for the Open Knowledge Festival that will take place in Helsinki, Finland this September. Will you be there?