open data | February 14, 2013

Exploring The White House's Servers: Open Data Speaker David Eaves

It seems that open data speaker David Eaves isn't the only one advocating for an extensive open data movement. For the third year in a row, 90 different cities around the world will be taking part in the International Open Data Day. Even The White House will be involved! The event will take place on Feb. 23. People across the globe are encouraged to take part in numerous hacking events geared toward accessing, and finding new ways of using, the vast amount of data available. The open data movement argues that certain information should be freely available for people to access and use as they wish without restrictions or controls. Eaves argues that government agencies and corporations should be operating in a more transparent manner with the public.

On his blog, he shares links about various events taking place on the 23rd and encourages his readers to participate. He explains that one of the most exciting by-products of the event is that many government organizations have made an effort to be involved. "How cool would it be to hack on data at the White House?" Eaves writes. The fact that the United States government is opening its doors, even if only a little, for people to access its data is extremely exciting. In his talks, Eaves discusses not only the need to move into a more accessible information age, but what concerns need to be addressed when we do so. A public policy and strategy expert, Eaves helps his audience navigate the seemingly overwhelming advancements in technology, and uncover the vast benifits that open access to information can bring. He works with a myriad of different clients to help us enter into a more transparent world—and outlines what we have to do to make the process go smoothly.

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