Posts with the tag: open data

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Data – Are We Empowered?

Open data is a national resource!

It fuels innovation and scientific discovery. The Project Open Data dashboard reports progress with data compliance by US federal agencies. Open Data: Empowering Americans to Make Data-Driven Decisions (Kristen Honey, Feb 5, 2016)  details uses of this open data, from college costs, fair housing in communities and health care choices.

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(Graphic credit: Radhika Bhatt, U.S. Department of Commerce Data Service)

Is all of this data making us smarter? It could be!

On March 21, we saw this headline.  NBC’s Meet The Press Will No Longer Allow Trump To Phone In.  The phone interviews that Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been granted are seen as unfair. Are they?

Take a look at this site – Candidate Tracker. This is a visualization of more than 100 American television stations and monitors coverage of candidates. Candidate Tracker counts how many times each candidate is mentioned on television daily.

Candidate Tracker is project based on data mining from the Internet Archive. This article details projects and methods and lays the groundwork for models using digitized content – including ASCII text of close captioning. Reimagining Libraries In The Digital Era: Lessons From Data Mining The Internet Archive by Kalev Leetaru, Mar. 19, 2016.

You compare the coverage. Did NBC make the right decision?



Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Data to the Rescue?

People Have Mixed Hopes About Whether Open Data Will Improve ThingsValid data and a belief that government is a public good can be motivators in society. The PEW Research Center 2015 report Americans’ Views on Open Government Data documents the not-quite-tipping-point of the value of open data. It seems the jury is still out!

More data is available everyday:

DATA.GOV – managed and hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies

OECD Data – Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

World Bank Data – Economic Indicators

DC Open Data – District of Columbia GIS (DC GIS)

Researchers are working toward shared definitions and repositories of data. Data management is an added task that researchers find troublesome. Continue reading “Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Data to the Rescue?”

Digital Scholarship @ CUA: Open Data – Tipping Point?

Chief Data Scientist… that’s a good title! The United States has named it’s first Chief Data Scientist – D.J. Patil. His official title is Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Read Dr. Patil’s memorandum Unleashing the Power of Data to Serve the American People. He outlines the emphasis on Open Data Initiatives beginning with U.S. Government Data.

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Open Data from DataPub

Open Data isn’t important only for the sciences. While science funders National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have required Data Management Plans, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is including training in digital data curation as an imperative digital initiative. NEH has highlighted open data tools previously; this example Celebrating Open Data of combining computer science expertise and history and archaeology is of particular interest to The Catholic University of America community of researchers.

The NEH news release highlights William Noel’s TEDTalk on The Archimedes Palimpsest. The Archimedes Palimpsest project is a scholarly interest of researchers at CUA. See this presentation from CUA Chemistry Department Reading Between the Lines: The Archimedes Palimsest, and more on technical issues with the Archimedes Palimpsest.

Recent reading from Phill Jones at the Scholarly Kitchen summarizes federal policy, the players perspectives in open data (funders, publishers and researchers) and asking Are We at a Tipping Point for Open Data?

New in government agencies Open Data: see the new NASA DATA Portal!