By Alex Howard
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2012 Pages: 22
As we move into an era of unprecedented volumes of data and computing power, the benefits aren’t for business alone. Data can help citizens access government, hold it accountable and build new services to help themselves.
Simply making data available is not sufficient. The use of data for the public good is being driven by a distributed community of media, nonprofits, academics and civic advocates.
This report from O’Reilly Radar highlights the principles of data in the public good, and surveys areas where data is already being used to great effect, covering:
- Consumer finance
- Transit data
- Government transparency
- Data journalism
- Aid and development
- Crisis and emergency response
Title:Data for the Public Good
- Safari Books Online
Ebook:February 2012 Pages:22 Ebook ISBN:978-1-4493-2971-6| ISBN 10:1-4493-2971-3
Alexander B. Howard is the Government 2.0 Correspondent for O’Reilly Media, where he reports on technology, open government and online civics. Before joining O’Reilly, Howard was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com at TechTarget. His work there focused on how regulations affect IT operations, including issues of data protection, privacy, security and enterprise IT strategy. Before moving the focus of his coverage to cybersecurity, online privacy and compliance, Howard was the associate editor of WhatIs.com, an online IT encyclopedia. In that role, he researched and wrote about nearly every aspect of enterprise IT, including the impact of social software on business and the media. In his spare time, he practiced writing about himself in the third person, with mixed results. Howard’s work experience also includes working in operations for an e-business consultancy, as a knowledge broker for a management consulting firm, as a middle school teacher, as a master home builder and, very briefly, as a garden manager at an outstanding Italian restaurant. Howard graduated from Colby College with a bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology.