Visualizing Statistics in Minecraft

Minecraft screengrap showing cows in fron t of colored boxes representing the government expenditure of the united kingdom.

Data about public sector spending is often hard to understand and compare. Statistics about government is often presented in tables. In this hack I have used open data from Eurostat (the EU statistics agency) about government expenditure for a set of countries and rendered sets of boxes in a Minecraft world. This makes it possible to explore the data by walking (flying) around the world. Continue reading

A lightweight semantic interoperability framework for countries and large organizations (and small ones)

Interoperability. What do we mean by plant. A type of factory or a flower?

This post is a summary of some ideas for a lightweight semantic interoperability framework  It is mainly a composition of existing open standards to form a framework for organisations to be able to ensure that semantic and technical descriptions stay connected over time. The idea is to provide a framework that allows for an increasing semantic interoperability emerging over time without having a large centralized organisation defining vocabularies. Continue reading

Implement open data for EU institutions

Jonathan Gray of the Open Knowledge Foundation participated in a conference of the Communia project, a European thematic network on the digital public domain. In a great post about the meeting at the OKFN blog, he recommends two improvements to the current PSI work; 1: Broaden the scope of the PSI Directive to include publicly funded cultural heritage organisations and 2: Broaden the evidence base for opening up PSI. Continue reading