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White House tech office to co-host open data roundtables

The White House Office of Science Technology Policy has unveiled plans to co-host four open data roundtables, with the first to get underway Thursday, as part of a continuing push to advance the use of federal data. The sessions are expected to bring together a limited number of technical, policy and legal experts from federal agencies, academia and the private sector — and collect input from the public — as part of an effort to accelerate the use of government open data sets, according to an OSTP briefing.

6 Ideas to Help Government Realize Open Data's Transformative Power Most open data portals don’t look like labors of love. They look like abandoned last-minute science fair projects, pie charts sagging because someone didn’t use enough glue stick. The current open data movement is more than a decade old, but some are still asking why they should even bother.

“Right now, it is irrational for almost anybody who works in government to open data. It makes no sense,” Waldo Jaquith said. “Most people, it’s not in their job description to open data — they’re just the CIO. So if he fails to open data, worst case, nothing bad happens. But if he does open some data and it has PII [personally identifying information], then his worst case is that he’s hauled before a legislative subcommittee, grilled, humiliated and fired.”

Bulgaria Govt to Upload New Open Data Sets

As many as 304 data sets will be published by the end of 2016 on the Bulgarian government's open data website, the cabinet has announced. These will include lists of hospitals and other medical institutions; medication which is covered by public funds under the Health Insurance Act; register of real estate that is public property; tables containing information of regional public transport; lists of schools and kindegartens; information about air pollution; registries of employment agencies and public non-profit organizations, etc. - See more at: http://www.novinite.com/articles/173686/Bulgaria+Govt+to+Upload+New+Open...

Big Data: 12 Amazing Highs And Lows Of 2015 2015 was a tumultuous year for Big Data, with highs continuing to dazzle us with the potential world-changing power of data and analytics. At the same time there were plenty of lows serving as ongoing warnings that much is still unknown about exactly how it will end up changing the world. So here’s a quick review of the year, highlighting what I think were the most important or newsworthy stories in the world of Big Data and analytics over the last 12 months.