Open Government Data book by Joshua Tauberer
An online e-book entitled Open Government Data by Joshua Tauberer is, according to the author, “the culmination of several years of thinking about the principles behind the open government data movement in the United States.” In the book, he “frame[s] the movement as the application of Big Data to civics. Topics include principles, uses for transparency and civic engagement, a brief legal history, data quality, civic hacking, and paradoxes in transparency.”
The author is the creator of the US Congress-tracking tool GovTrack.us, which launched in 2004, helping to spur the national open government data community. He was also a co-founder of POPVOX, a platform for advocacy, providing a means for citizens to communicate with Congress about the issues they care about.
Tauberer mentions GIS data in part 2.2 where he uses Google Transit Feed Specification data as an example (three-quarters of the way down the page, in Figure 8) to visualize ridership in the Washington DC area. But despite the lack of overt GIS references, I believe this book could be useful to the readers of our book and this blog. Its chapters include “Big Data Meets Open Government”, “Civic Hacking by Example”, “Applications to Open Government”, “A Brief Legal History of Open Government Data”, “Paradoxes in Open Government”, and “Example Policy Language”. In particular, the chapter on “A Brief Legal History of Open Government Data” provides useful additional reading after reading Chapter 1 of our book, The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data. Through reading Tauberer’s book, one can better understand how spatial data can and should fit into larger open data and open government initiatives.