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ACM Recommendations on Open Government

February 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Committee just published its Recommendations on Open Government:

  • Data published by the government should be in formats and approaches that promote analysis and reuse of that data.
  • Data republished by the government that has been received or stored in a machine-readable format (such as as online regulatory filings) should preserve the machine-readability of that data.
  • Information should be posted so as to also be accessible to citizens with limitations and disabilities.
  • Citizens should be able to download complete datasets of regulatory, legislative or other information, or appropriately chosen subsets of that information, when it is published by government.
  • Citizens should be able to directly access government-published datasets using standard methods such as queries via an API (Application Programming Interface).
  • Government bodies publishing data online should always seek to publish using data formats that do not include executable content.
  • Published content should be digitally signed or include attestation of publication/creation date, authenticity, and integrity.

I’ve advocated for such openness myself, and I delighted that the ACM, which represents the concerns of me and tens of thousands of computer science professionals, is taking a stand on this important policy issue.

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Borja Ramirez // Feb 7, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks for the link Daniel. Great to see you´re also interested in Open Government and Open Data. We are always looking up for peers seeking to apply Openess Principles and helping our Government to ease the reuse of public data.

    keep up the good work!

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