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2012 Open Data Conference

Open data is data that is freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.

Moreover, open data should be made available in a machine-readable format to allow easy access and use by external applications.

UNDP, unlike the World Bank, doesn’t publish a lot of the data produced within its projects, and certainly doesn’t provide a consistent way how to access UNDP-related datasets. Although a lot of work is currently being done to address this gap, we still have to boost our performance. (See: UNDP financial data that complies with the International Aid Transparency Initiative)

I’ll be going to the 2012 International Open Government Data Data Conference to explore ways that we can improve ways to share and present our data.

I’ll be tweeting live from the conference 10 to 12 July – probably about open data advocacy and policy implementation, platforms and technology for releasing open data, and data visualization.

I’ll be tweeting from @jurakhrapunov and you can also follow organizers @usdatagov on Twitter via #IOGDC.

Apparently there will be a live webcast, so I’m looking forward to both in person and virtual participation.

The conference is sponsored by Data.gov and the World Bank and is organized around two tracks: policy and technology, under the overall theme of: Putting Data to Work.

Policymakers, developers, and others with a keen interest in open government data will share lessons learned, stimulate new ideas, and demonstrate the power of democratizing data. >> More on the 2012 International Open Government Data Conference

Hope to see you online, and stay tuned.