Earlier this month I deactivated my Facebook and Twitter accounts. There are both personal and global reasons for my decision, and I don’t have anything particularly interesting to say on the topic other than I don’t miss those services and you can no longer find me there. This space will continue to be my online home, as it has been since 2005. I hope you’ll come see me.
People who don’t pay you generally wouldn’t have paid you anyway. We’re delighted when people who can’t afford our books don’t pay us for them, if they go out and do something useful with that information … There’s a bakery in Berkeley that every day dumps a lot of fresh bread into a dumpster behind the store. And there’s a bunch of people who get their bread there. I guarantee you that there are a lot more people who, even if you told them they could, would not do that. A lot of sources of free content are like going rooting through the dumpster.
As promised, I’ll answer questions as they come in via the hashtag #visualgov. Or, just e-mail me if you’d like to discuss something in private.
Here’s the link to our slides.
Update: Audio of the talk is now available.
I’ll be on a panel next Saturday at SXSW 2011 titled Why Visualizing Government Data Makes Taxpayers Happy.
I’m really hoping to see a lot of people from local, state and federal government at SXSW this year. This is a great year for public sector employees attending the conference.
Here are a few of the things I’m going to discuss with my co-panelist and friend @jeremiahakin:
- Why open data is important to government transparency and earning the public’s trust
- How the federal government has served as a model
- How agencies can distribute data visualization across teams, often to non-technical workers.
- What tools agencies and other organizations can use to adopt similar strategies
- The value and risks associated with various file formats, including Fusion Table and Google Earth.
- Upcoming data visualization trends
Check out my interview with Doc Searls at Texas Innovator.
Searls, the former Berkman Fellow at Harvard University who co-authored one of my favorite books, The ClueTrain Manifesto, has been a big inspiration of mine for a number of years.
Searls is one of the few true scholarly masters at the intersection of technology, journalism and new media.