New Open Data Policies Make Government More Accountable: David Eaves
Similar measures are being taking north of the border, as well. As CTV News reports, Service Alberta Minister Manmett Bhullar has committed to making provincial data (such as expense reports) visible to the public. The data will now be stored online. "You know, it’s always exciting when a government makes a commitment that they want to share more information with the public," Eaves tells the news outlet. "It definitely is a signal that there are elements in the government that they [sic] do want to share information." While both measures are helping to make government more efficient and transparent, Eaves argues that Obama's executive order is more policy-driven than the Canadian initiative. The American executive order will make all government-generated data open data, helping to fuel entrepreneurship, promote economic growth, and create jobs. The measures being passed in Canada, however, seem to be less about procurement and more about "doing open data for the sake of open data," he tells IT World Canada.
Regardless, these efforts mark the acceleration of open government policies that have been picking up steam all over the world. Eaves, a policy expert and advisory board member of CivicCommons, discusses the practical applications of the open data movement in his keynotes. He has spoken to various branches of government and to many corporations on the need to move toward a more open information age—and the challenges we must overcome to do so.