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Joint DATA.GOV-ONTOLOG "Big Open Data" Session - Thu 2012_05_10     (1)

Session Topic: "Fostering 'Big Open Data' in government through Open Collaboration - invited presentation on NYCFacets and introduction to New York City's 'Open' initiatives"     (1A)

Session Co-chair: JeanneHolm ( / NASA-JPL) & PeterYim (Ontolog / CIM3) - slides     (1B)

Panel Briefings from:     (1C)

  • ChrisMusialek ( / GSA) - "Empowering City Developers with Federal Data" - slides     (1D)
  • AndrewNicklin (New York City) - "Opening up municipal government data: past, present, and future" - slides     (1E)
  • JoelNatividad (Ontodia) - "Smart Cities and Big Open Data" - slides     (1F)

  • Dial-in:     (1G7D)
    • Phone (US): +1 (206) 402-0100 ... (long distance cost may apply)     (1G7D1)
    • when prompted enter PIN: 141184#     (1G7D2)
    • Skype: joinconference (use the PIN above) ... generally free-of-charge, when connecting from your computer)     (1G7D3)
      • for skype users who have trouble with finding the Skype Dial pad ... it's under the "Call" dropdown menu as "Show Dial pad"     (1G7D3A)
  • Shared-screen support (VNC session), if applicable, will be started 5 minutes before the call at:     (1G7E)
    • view-only password: "ontolog"     (1G7E1)
    • if you plan to be logging into this shared-screen option (which the speaker may be navigating), and you are not familiar with the process, please try to call in 5 minutes before the start of the session so that we can work out the connection logistics. Help on this will generally not be available once the presentation starts.     (1G7E2)
    • people behind corporate firewalls may have difficulty accessing this. If that is the case, please download the slides above (where applicable) and running them locally. The speaker(s) will prompt you to advance the slides during the talk.     (1G7E3)
    • instructions: once you got access to the page, click on the "settings" button, and identify yourself (by modifying the Name field from "anonymous" to your real name, like "JaneDoe").     (1G7F1)
    • You can indicate that you want to ask a question verbally by clicking on the "hand" button, and wait for the moderator to call on you; or, type and send your question into the chat window at the bottom of the screen.     (1G7F2)
    • thanks to the folks, one can now use a jabber/xmpp client (e.g. gtalk) to join this chatroom. Just add the room as a buddy - (in our case here) ... Handy for mobile devices!     (1G7F3)
  • Discussions and Q & A:     (1G7G)
    • Nominally, when a presentation is in progress, the moderator will mute everyone, except for the speaker.     (1G7G1)
    • To un-mute, press "*7" ... To mute, press "*6" (please mute your phone, especially if you are in a noisy surrounding, or if you are introducing noise, echoes, etc. into the conference line.)     (1G7G2)
    • we will usually save all questions and discussions till after all presentations are through. You are encouraged to jot down questions onto the chat-area in the mean time (that way, they get documented; and you might even get some answers in the interim, through the chat.)     (1G7G3)
    • During the Q&A / discussion segment (when everyone is muted), If you want to speak or have questions or remarks to make, please raise your hand (virtually) by clicking on the "hand button" (lower right) on the chat session page. You may speak when acknowledged by the session moderator (again, press "*7" on your phone to un-mute). Test your voice and introduce yourself first before proceeding with your remarks, please. (Please remember to click on the "hand button" again (to lower your hand) and press "*6" on your phone to mute yourself after you are done speaking.)     (1G7G4)
  • RSVP to appreciated, ... or simply just by adding yourself to the "Expected Attendee" list below (if you are a member of the team.)     (1G7I)
  • Please note that this session may be recorded, and if so, the audio archive is expected to be made available as open content, along with the proceedings of the call to our community membership and the public at-large under our prevailing open IPR policy.     (1G7K)

Attendees     (1H)

Abstract     (1I)

Fostering 'Big Open Data' in government through Open Collaboration - invited presentation on NYCFacets and introduction to New York City's 'Open' initiatives     (1I1)

This is the first of two sessions jointly organized by the US federal initiative and Ontolog. This follows quite naturally from a few very exciting recent events, notably:     (1I2)

  • (a) the recent US federal government's thrust toward developing and leveraging 'Big Data'     (1I3)
  • (b) the 3-month long OntologySummit2012 series of events that just finished a few weeks ago that was focused around the theme 'Ontology for Big Systems' and     (1I4)
  • (c) New York City's award of their 'Big Apps 3.0' grand prize to NYCfacets (developed by a member of this community, in an applications that leverages ontology and semantic technologies); and the City's 'open data' initiative that followed.     (1I5)

During today's session, we will look at the NYCfacets app, the New York City open data initiative and contemplate how open collaborative community effort can help foster 'Big Open Data'.     (1I6)

Agenda     (1J)

Fostering 'Big Open Data' in government through Open Collaboration     (1J1)

  • Session Format: this is a virtual session conducted over an augmented conference call     (1J2)
  • 1. Opening (chair) - JeanneHolm [10 min.] ... [ slides ]     (1J3)
  • 2. Panel briefings [20 min. each]     (1J4)
    • ChrisMusialek - "Empowering City Developers with Federal Data"     (1J4A)
    • AndrewNicklin - "Opening up municipal government data: past, present, and future"     (1J4B)
    • JoelNatividad - "Smart Cities and Big Open Data"     (1J4C)
  • 3. Q & A and open discussion [All: ~30 min.] - (moderated by the chair) -- please refer to process above     (1J5)
  • 4. Wrap-up / Announcements - (chair)     (1J6)

Proceedings     (1K)

Please refer to the above     (1K1)

IM Chat Transcript captured during the session    (1K2)

see raw transcript here.     (1K2A)

(for better clarity, the version below is a re-organized and lightly edited chat-transcript.)     (1K2B)

Participants are welcome to make light edits to their own contributions as they see fit.     (1K2C)

-- begin in-session chat-transcript --     (1K2D)

PeterYim: Welcome to the     (1K2E)

Joint DATA.GOV-ONTOLOG "Big Open Data" Session - Thu 2012-05-10     (1K2F)

Session Topic: "Fostering 'Big Open Data' in government through Open Collaboration     (1K2G)

- invited presentation on NYCFacets and introduction to New York City's 'Open' initiatives"     (1K2H)

Session Co-chair: JeanneHolm ( / NASA-JPL) & Peter P. Yim (Ontolog / CIM3)     (1K2I)

Panel Briefings:     (1K2J)

  • ChrisMusialek ( / GSA) - "Empowering City Developers with Federal Data"     (1K2K)
  • AndrewNicklin (New York City) - "Opening up municipal government data: past, present, and future"     (1K2L)
  • JoelNatividad (Ontodia) - "Smart Cities and Big Open Data"     (1K2M)

Mute control: *7 to un-mute ... *6 to mute     (1K2O)

Can't find Skype Dial pad? ... it's under the "Call" dropdown menu as "Show Dial pad"     (1K2P)

Proceedings:     (1K2Q)

PeterYim: Attention ALL: because of time constraints from some of our panelists, we will have to     (1K2R)

start promptly today. ... therefore if you have any logistics questions, please be ready to ask them     (1K2S)

as soon as you get online, and before we mute everyone!     (1K2T)

anonymous morphed into EdDodds     (1K2U)

anonymous morphed into AndrewNicklin     (1K2V)

PeterYim: Hi Andrew!     (1K2W)

anonymous morphed into JoelNatividad     (1K2X)

PeterYim: Hi Joel, Hi Terry ... and everyone!     (1K2Y)

anonymous morphed into jgabriel     (1K2Z)

jgabriel: Hi everyone!     (1K2AA)

JoelNatividad: Howdy everyone!     (1K2AB)

anonymous morphed into DeirdreLee     (1K2AC)

anonymous1 morphed into HasanSayani     (1K2AD)

anonymous morphed into JeanneHolm     (1K2AE)

anonymous morphed into DavidMason & MarieJeanMeurs     (1K2AF)

anonymous1 morphed into SamiBaig     (1K2AG)

DavidMason & MarieJeanMeurs: hey all     (1K2AH)

JesseWang: Hi, all! Good morning, afternoon, evening!     (1K2AI)

SamiBaig: Hi all     (1K2AJ)

anonymous morphed into chrismusialek     (1K2AK)

anonymous morphed into TomTinsley     (1K2AL)

anonymous1 morphed into EdDodds     (1K2AM)

anonymous1 morphed into sdupd_glenn     (1K2AN)

JackPark: Hi     (1K2AO)

PeterYim: == JeanneHolm presenting the intro slides now ...     (1K2AP)

anonymous morphed into BobLojek     (1K2AQ)

PeterYim: == ChrisMusialek presenting ...     (1K2AR)

JeanneHolm: ChrisMusialek is now presenting Empowering City Developers with Federal Data. Slides can     (1K2AS)

be downloaded at the session page (above)     (1K2AT)

JesseWang: what is the search engine used in did you develop your own text/query     (1K2AU)

analyzer/parser?     (1K2AV)

JeanneHolm: Jesse--we are using Bing as the search engine as part of's search capability.     (1K2AW)

one of the things we all want to improve on is the search capability. It's currently     (1K2AX)

limited by both the complexity of the queries you can build, as well as the fact that it only     (1K2AY)

searches the metadata of the data tool or dataset. We are moving toward a federated model that would     (1K2AZ)

allow us to search the metadata or other attributes of the tools and data sources that are made     (1K2AAA)

accessible.     (1K2AAB)

JackRing: Has calibrated the false positives and false negatives achieved with keywords?     (1K2AAC)

JeanneHolm: Jack--I'll have to check on the false positive and false negative calibration.     (1K2AAD)

anonymous morphed into DeniseWarzel     (1K2AAE)

DeirdreLee: Latest W3C Editor's draft of Data Catalog Vocabulary (dcat) (managed by W3C Government     (1K2AAF)

anonymous1 morphed into MarkDixon     (1K2AAH)

AndrewNicklin: Will look at third-party API key & rate management tools instead of rolling     (1K2AAI)

JeanneHolm: is definitely looking at third-party API tools and any emergent     (1K2AAK)

standards in this area. The intent is that we are a connector amongst a set of data of national     (1K2AAL)

interest, even beyond just the federal government.     (1K2AAM)

PeterYim: == AndrewNicklin presenting ...     (1K2AAN)

anonymous1 morphed into ElizabethFlorescu     (1K2AAO)

AndrewNicklin: The site I mentioned for NYC open data standards is     (1K2AAP)

PeterYim: == JoelNatividad presenting ...     (1K2AAQ)

JackRing: What will be the relevance of Ward Cunningham's expedition into Federating wiki's?     (1K2AAR)

JackRing: Jeanne, Pls do clarify the FP-FN results because both are likely to be dismal.     (1K2AAS)

JeanneHolm: Jack--completely agree. Just need to verify what's been done.     (1K2AAT)

EdDodds: I saw a story about crowdfunding movies this a.m. ( and it got me thinking: are     (1K2AAU)

there any crowdfunded open data efforts anybody has heard of? Any fellowships sponsored by     (1K2AAV)

foundations?     (1K2AAW)

JeanneHolm: Ed--like a Kickstarter for open data? Interesting...     (1K2AAX)

DeborahMcGuinness: i like this idea and would be happy to point our students to such a call. I would     (1K2AAY)

also be willing to help sell such a message     (1K2AAZ)

EdDodds: Yes, I've seen a few stories proposing crowdfunding for investigative reporting     (1K2AAAA)

recently--haven't seen if they were actually successful     (1K2AAAB)

JackPark: @Jeanne, re federation: I will be giving a talk at a bigdata meetup with these slides     (1K2AAAC)

JeanneHolm: Jack--Very interesting presentation. Is the meeting open for others to attend?     (1K2AAAE)

JackRing: Jeanne, when you are ready to escape the limits of key words and rapidly assay data with     (1K2AAAF)

respect to large, complex, interconnected cominatorial networks I will be happy to offer some     (1K2AAAG)

insights. Long buried in highly classified systems but now patented in soon to be implemented in a     (1K2AAAH)

chip equivalent to 3,600 microprocessors on a grid.     (1K2AAAI)

JackPark: @Jeanne, afaik it's sold out but contact me jackpark[at] -     (1K2AAAJ)

JeanneHolm: Thanks Jack.     (1K2AAAL)

JackRing: @JackPark, I think your slides evidence great work. Thank you. Pls consider joining us at     (1K2AAAM)

the Symposium in July at San Jose, particularly the Sunday workshop.     (1K2AAAN)

JackPark: @JackRing I would love to attend isss but it's just not in the budget; my friend Judith     (1K2AAAO)

Rosen is giving a tutorial I'd really like to attend. Your workshop, if it's open, I'll try to     (1K2AAAP)

attend. Many thanks     (1K2AAAQ)

JeanneHolm: Are there any questions for the speakers? We are about to go to question and answer...     (1K2AAAR)

PeterYim: when we start, we will ask people to click on their "hand" buttons (lower right) ... and     (1K2AAAS)

queue folks up for Q&A and remarks ... amke sure you test your voices first, and start by telling us     (1K2AAAT)

who you are.     (1K2AAAU)

DeirdreLee: I have to head out now, but thanks for lots of interesting presentations     (1K2AAAV)

JeanneHolm: Thanks Deirdre!     (1K2AAAW)

LeoObrst: Thanks all, must leave.     (1K2AAAX)

PeterYim: == open Q&A and discussion now ...     (1K2AAAY)

anonymous morphed into PavithraKenjige     (1K2AAAZ)

JeanneHolm: PeterYim: Presentations were fantastic. Congratulations to federal people who started     (1K2AAAAA)

the movement in opening up government data; to NY developers for providing open data; and to Joel     (1K2AAAAB)

and everyone who provided technology in helping Joel's app stand out from the crowd.     (1K2AAAAC)

JeanneHolm: PeterYim: Next week's discussion will focus on the technical details of implementing     (1K2AAAAD)

some of these solutions.     (1K2AAAAE)

JackRing: Is anyone concerned with cybersecurity/privacy?     (1K2AAAAF)

AndrewNicklin: JackRing: there are two aspects to our approach to security. First is not letting out     (1K2AAAAG)

sensitive info (comparatively easy); Second is - potentially - evaluating whether our data, when     (1K2AAAAH)

combined with outside information poses more risks.     (1K2AAAAI)

sdupd_glenn: We'd love to see some case studies of municipal opendata in order to pitch to     (1K2AAAAJ)

management the benefits of a public-facing GIS system coupled with ERP data (merged visually with     (1K2AAAAK)

other public data)     (1K2AAAAL)

sdupd_glenn: a lot of our staff understands the potential of all this, but are unable to articulate     (1K2AAAAM)

its benefit to the higher ups who control the purse     (1K2AAAAN)

JeanneHolm: Are challenges a good way to get developers to focus on and consume government data? Are     (1K2AAAAO)

there better ways?     (1K2AAAAP)

JeanneHolm: JoelNatividad responded: The first time we submitted to a challenge was just to do     (1K2AAAAQ)

something with our partners. The second time was really to accomplish something. It wasn't about the     (1K2AAAAR)

money, but the recognition and ability to build something useful was what drew us.     (1K2AAAAS)

sdupd_glenn: sdupd_glenn: For the private sector, yes. For public agencies, the challenge is how to     (1K2AAAAT)

incentivize the action of making data public in the first place     (1K2AAAAU)

MikeBennett: I have to go now - thanks for great presentations     (1K2AAAAV)

JeanneHolm: Thanks Mike!     (1K2AAAAW)

EdDodds: It might be that the start up weekend or hackathon model of drawing everyone together     (1K2AAAAX)

geographically for 48 hours (though I much prefer virtual innovation clusters such as Ontolog) might     (1K2AAAAY)

be a tactic, especially if you could find sponsorships from firms who are likely to consume the     (1K2AAAAZ)

data, add their own and make a profit.     (1K2AAAAAA)

EdDodds: Nonprofits, community foundations, united way types also stand to benefit and could have     (1K2AAAAAB)

skin in the game     (1K2AAAAAC)

JoelNatividad: And to Ed's point, that is what we want to do at Ontodia. We want to collaborate Open     (1K2AAAAAD)

Data with all kinds of databases, both public and private.     (1K2AAAAAE)

JoelNatividad: And do what Bloomberg did for Finance data, and do it for Open Data.     (1K2AAAAAF)

JeanneHolm: Ed--The hackathon model is good, but as you point out it's really important to have a     (1K2AAAAAG)

business model that brings those ideas to a sustainable service.     (1K2AAAAAH)

AndrewNicklin: @JeanneHolm, EdDodds: in terms of sustainability, we've also (informally,     (1K2AAAAAI)

unofficially) considered tiering access to our services such that the costs of operating open data     (1K2AAAAAJ)

platform can be recovered from high-volume commercial users.     (1K2AAAAAK)

TerryLongstreth: @JeanneHolm - I agree that sustainability needs to be considered. Moreover, data     (1K2AAAAAL)

ages quickly, and there's little in today's talks about maintaining data qualilty and timeliness     (1K2AAAAAM)

JoelNatividad: @TerryLongstreth, in NYCFacets, that's why we derived "extrametadata" to characterize     (1K2AAAAAN)

and score each dataset     (1K2AAAAAO)

AndrewNicklin: @TerryLongstreth that's why automation is really important.     (1K2AAAAAP)

EdDodds: @JeanneHolm, all: strenuously agree. Caveat: just because something *should* be valuable     (1K2AAAAAQ)

doesn't mean the market has "eyes to see" at the time a product is launched     (1K2AAAAAR)

JoelNatividad: [in our "extrametadata"] we score it along freshness, sparseness, uniqueness, no of     (1K2AAAAAS)

downloads, views, etc., and we plan to make the scoring algorithm transparent and not opaque, so     (1K2AAAAAT)

publishers can respond; and in the future, we do plan to do time series as well, but not yet.     (1K2AAAAAU)

JoelNatividad: @TerryLongstreth, we're actively tracking the wikidata effort and will sync up with     (1K2AAAAAV)

JoelNatividad: so "facts" and unstructured free form text are separated     (1K2AAAAAX)

anonymous1: In regards to competitions concerning opengov-- Chicago recently held a contest to     (1K2AAAAAY)

encourage app development and recieved a toyal of 60 submissions. Chicago's he open data portal     (1K2AAAAAZ)

stats include:     (1K2AAAAAAA)

328 datasets 470,000+ embeds 1000 + user views 50+ apps     (1K2AAAAAAB)

EdDodds: Toronto's @buzzdata tries to socialize static data sets (streams too maybe?) marketing,     (1K2AAAAAAC)

news gathering, conferences, higher education all could benefit; but I think until we get a mass of     (1K2AAAAAAD)

aggregated micropayments for data feeds the challenge to fund will continue     (1K2AAAAAAE)

JackPark: Great conference. Many thanks to the speakers.!     (1K2AAAAAAF)

KingsleyIdehen: Please upload the slides to slideshare etc..     (1K2AAAAAAG)

JeanneHolm: @Kingsley the slides are at     (1K2AAAAAAH)

KingsleyIdehen: @JeanneHolm: I've seen the presentations, but just suggesting slideshare for broader     (1K2AAAAAAJ)

audience etc..     (1K2AAAAAAK)

EdDodds: + 1 Kingsley     (1K2AAAAAAL)

JoelNatividad: We will upload the nycfacets overview to slideshare as well     (1K2AAAAAAM)

EdDodds: There may be a few up at already     (1K2AAAAAAN)

JackPark: A thought: having slides up at slideshare means they can be viewed without downloading.     (1K2AAAAAAO)

sdupd_glenn: slideshare, yes please     (1K2AAAAAAP)

sdupd_glenn: Can I please suggest that someone or agency put together a series of webinars for     (1K2AAAAAAQ)

agencies that know opendata is crucial but cannot get C-suite or management approval to get an     (1K2AAAAAAR)

opendata program started in the first place (all of us local municipalities and districts)!     (1K2AAAAAAS)

PeterYim: thank you all, great session!     (1K2AAAAAAT)

JoelNatividad: Thanks everyone! Special mention to Peter for all the great work to make this     (1K2AAAAAAU)

SamiBaig: Thank you all!     (1K2AAAAAAW)

anonymous morphed into lisa h     (1K2AAAAAAX)

sdupd_glenn: we local municipalities feel like we get to applaud the state and federal efforts but     (1K2AAAAAAY)

have no funding or champions to help us get off the ground. We can't participate without your help!     (1K2AAAAAAZ)

JeanneHolm: @sdupd_glenn I'm happy to help out with providing discussions on the value of open data     (1K2AAAAAAAA)

to cities and municipalities. Part of (coming soon!) will be to do that as well.     (1K2AAAAAAAB)

Feel free to reach out to me at     (1K2AAAAAAAC)

sdupd_glenn: JeanneHolm: Great I'd love to discuss with your team. We've been in touch with you     (1K2AAAAAAAD)

already via Barbara Moreno     (1K2AAAAAAAE)

PeterYim: come back, same time next week, when we will cover the technical aspects of the same     (1K2AAAAAAAF)

subject next Thursdau (May-17)     (1K2AAAAAAAG)

PeterYim: -- session ended: 11:18am PDT --     (1K2AAAAAAAH)

-- end of in-session chat-transcript --     (1K2AAAAAAAI)

... More Questions     (1K3)

Additional Resources     (1L)

  • Join us, same time next week, when we will feature a sequel to today's session. Next Thursday's (2012.05.17) session is entitled: "Implementing 'Big Open Data' in government through Open Collaboration" - case examples and possibilities" where we will spend a bit more time on the technical details, and expose the community on some of the state-of-the-art in implementations.     (1L9)

Audio Recording of this Session     (1M)

For the record ...     (1M6)

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