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Open Data Institute selects seven new startups

The Open Data Institute (ODI) has announced seven companies who have joined the ODI startup programme. Each company will receive mentoring, funding and support from the ODI as they develop their solutions and plan to bring them to market. The seven new companies are a very diverse group and this shows that the ODI is not getting too focused on one area of technology.

Opening the door to data transparency

A new report examines the £8.9bn spent by central and local government on 20 top suppliers. It sheds much light on the relationships – but greater transparency is needed to ensure the information is accurate and the money is used effectively.

NASA launches Open Data Development Push with OpenNEX

NASA launched an open data effort with Amazon Web Services and OpenNEX, a data supercomputing and knowledge platform to provide developers with the tools they’ll need to move forward. NASA already hosts a significant amount of climate and earth science data on the Amazon cloud, which first showcased its capabilities using NOAA data. The Space Act Agreement gives the agency the ability to make much of its cloud public.

The power of open data is deconstructed

A groundbreaking exhibition is taking a critical and comedic look at the power of open data. Data as Culture, which opened at Lighthouse, Kensington Street, Brighton, will raise questions about surveillance and privacy. It will also explore the potential for data to empower and examine the myriad ways data reflects and affects our lives.

American Commerce Department Partners With Private Sector On Open Data

The American Commerce Department plans to use valuable input and feedback from the private sector offered during its Open Data Roundtable meetings to ensure that the data sets it publishes directly benefit the US economy.

Open access is not enough on its own – data must be free too

A huge amount of data is being produced by scientists every day, but too often key information is left to rot in an Excel document on someone's desktop, or handwritten in a notepad that is later thrown away. So data that is in theory open and free to access may still be hard to get hold of. To combat this trend, a new type of publication has emerged – the data paper, which describes a particular dataset or a group of datasets. Data papers provide a missing link between the data and the research article.