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Go Global Open Data Index

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Go Global Open Data Index
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Edition: 2015
Start date: January 2015
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Project name: Go Global Open Data Index
Project description:
Summary:
The use and reuse of open government data is constantly increasing not only for transparency and accountability but also for increasing inclusion, participation, engagement and empowerment of citizens. Starting from the work and experience of the Global Open Data Index by Open Knowledge, the project is to establish a Go Global Open Data Index to collect and present information on the current state of Open Data release of Go countries around the world in order to encourage National Go Organizations, Go clubs and Go players to work towards improving the quality and increasing the quantity of Open Data.
Full Text:
The Go Global Open Data Index is a project to collect and present information on the current state of Open Data release of Go countries around the world. It will not be a representation of the official Open Data offering in each country, but an independent assessment from a Go players’ perspective.
The Go Global Open Data Index will measure and benchmark the openness of data, but it will hopefully play a powerful role in building a sensibility around Open Data in the Go community around the world. National Go Associations can review the Index results to see how accessible the data they publish actually appears to Go players, and where improvements are necessary to make data really open and useful.
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Draft logo for the Go Global Open Data Index
The first Go Global Open Data Index will focus on eight key data sets:
  1. National Go Organization budget
  2. National Go Organization spending
  3. Election results
  4. National Statistics
  5. Legislation (laws and statutes)
  6. Go clubs register
  7. Go players register
  8. Tournament calendar
Each dataset in each place is evaluated using nine questions that examine the technical and the legal openness of the dataset:
  1. Does the data exist?
  2. Is the data in digital form?
  3. Is the data available online?
  4. Is the data machine-readable?
  5. Is it available in bulk?
  6. Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis?
  7. Is the data publicly available?
  8. Is the data available for free?
  9. Is the data openly licensed?
How visitors can easily start to contribute to the project, the example is based on the Open Data Census by Open Knowledge for UK cities
How visitors can easily start to contribute to the project, the example is based on the Open Data Census by Open Knowledge for UK cities
The main actors in the evaluation process will be:
  • Contributors: any person submit information about the availability of one of the key datasets in their place
  • Horizontal reviewers: people with experience and insight into (open) data in their countries or region, who will verify the results and make sure they are accurate
  • Expert (or vertical) reviewers: volunteers that make a review thematically across several countries
  • Go Global Open Data Index Committee: it appoints both horizontal and vertical reviewers if available or find a solution if they are missing
Project aim:
Starting from the experience of Global Open Data Index by Open Knowledge, the project aims to model the Go Global Open Data Index to collect and present information on the current state of Open Data release of Go countries around the world. The project aims to review the state of Open Data in all the International Go Federation’s General Members (74 as of 2012).


Different group of people will be targeted, primarily:
  • National Go Organizations: as data owners, they will be given a score based on the quantity, quality and license
  • Go Community: players, contributors, reviewers will take part to the project by retrieving data and making use of them
Means of the project:
The main medium of the project will be the Internet, in many forms: the website, social networks and main go channels for the development of the project and emails and audio-video conferences for the internal management of the project (organization and reviews).
Time line:
January 2015: after working in the last two years in a couple of governmental and bottom-up Open Data projects, the idea came up.
February-April 2015: research on the current state of the (Open) Data in the ecosystem of the game of Go and their licenses.
May 2015: writing of the paper “A proposal of Global Open Data Index for the game of Go” together with Angela Corbari for the 2nd International Go Game Science Conference (IGGSC)
May-June 2015: contacts with Open Knowledge, the foundation that realised the Global Open Data Index and the Open Data Census for governmental data, to open new opportunities
July 2015: deploy of the web application that will manage the collection of informations from the contributors and improvement of the website (the Open Data Census platform is in a refactory phase in June)
July-September 2015: promotion of the initiative both online (through the website and in the main go channels) and by person (by presenting the paper to the IGGSC and at the EGC 2015 in Liberec and other tournaments) to spread the word and recruit potential contributors, reviewers and partners
October-December 2015: collection of data and feedback by contributors
January-March 2016: review of the collected data by the reviewers
Spring 2016: publication of the result of the Go Global Open Data Index 2015
Summer 2016: based on the results of the first edition, it will be decided every when and how to repeat the census

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Geographic extension:
The management activities of data collection and handling the will take place mainly online. In the platform it will be possible to recruit reviewers and receive information about the current state of Open Data in virtually every place. The review process will take place on the Internet by email or audio-video conference. Contributors instead will choose the way to take part to the project as they prefer. The promotion will be carried out both online (through the website and in the main go channels) and by person (by presenting the paper to the 2nd IGGSC and at the EGC 2015 in Liberec and other tournaments) to spread the word and recruit potential contributors, reviewers and partners.
The effects of the activities will be mainly, but not limited to, the following:
  • to attract interest from the active worldwide Open Data community (Open Knowledge and activists) towards the game of Go
  • to obtain visibility and let stakeholders have access to information related to the game of Go
  • to establish an easy way for go players to learn more about their and other countries
  • to team people, researchers and players with shared common interests in Open Data, data availability and transparency
  • to diminish the asymmetry of knowledge between organizations and their officials in one side and go players in the other
  • to empower the Go community with information to strengthen the involvement and the capacity to participate in a decision-making process
  • to open to the publication of new articles and papers (the first at the IGGSC 2015)
  • to foster discussions on go online forum and go internet websites
Extract from the results of the Open Data Index 2014 by Open Knowledge
Extract from the results of the Open Data Index 2014 by Open Knowledge
Result(s):
How much data is actually being released? What kind of data is it, and in what format is it published? Which countries are the most advanced and which are lagging behind in relation to Open Data? All these questions are important to answer if we want to understand the state of Open Data in the world of the game of Go.
As a benchmarking tool, the Go Global Open Data Index will help to answer these questions. It will allow people to compare the state of Open Data between countries and to measure progress year upon year. This will encourage National Go Organizations, Go clubs and Go players to work towards improving the quality and increasing the quantity of Open Data.
Key possible effects by opening and re-using Open Data in the context of the game of Go can be various:
  1. For the National and International Go Organizations:
    • efficiency: it can help increase management effectiveness and efficiency in operations – for instance, putting data and information online helps save service time
    • transparency and accountability: there is a direct link between Open Data and transparency – the more Open Data there is online, the more factual transparency there is. This, of course, affects large number of actors: data activists, journalists, organization, organization’s officials, players and many other can benefit from an increased transparency directly in their actions
    • balance of knowledge: having effectively implemented Open Data policies and engaged other stakeholders into re-using data whenever possible, the asymmetry of knowledge between organizations and their officials in one side and go players in the other may diminish
  2. For the Go Community:
    • increased inclusion, participation, engagement and empowerment: it is a widespread presumption, that empowering a community with information may strengthen their capacity to participate in a decision-making process. The main challenge is to empower players and journalists so that they can re-use the data to enable better-informed participation
    • access to information: Go communities can have an easy way to learn about their and other countries
    • support decision-making capabilities: with Open Data being presented in an understandable manner, Go communities can build up their own understandings and interpret actions of key issues
  3. For the whole Go Ecosystem:
    • new services: it stimulates creation of new opportunities to provide useful (innovative) services
    • international visibility: with more Open Data available, it is easier to obtain visibility and let stakeholders have access to information related to the game of Go
    • better informed monitoring: putting players and organizations in a better position to monitor actions and provide with new tools to engage players
Public exposure:
Contacts with Open Knowledge, the foundation responsible for the Global Open Data Index, has been established in May-June 2015 to open new opportunities and channels.
The promotion plan is still in progress, but as the project is global the exposure will be mainly through online media: the project website, national and international go channels, personal messages to go players in social media. A promotion also in person will be carried out in the contributors and reviewers’ recruit phase at the European Go Congress 2015 and a paper (covering more technical aspects of the project) will be presented at the 2nd IGGSC.
After the publication of the final result of the 2015 survey in Spring 2016, various dissemination activities will be organized to spread the word about the result of the survey in the following channels to maximize the public exposure: project website, social media, social networks, Go tournaments/events, National Go Associations, worldwide and national foundations/associations on Open Data.
Contribute to a specific dataset in the selected place by submitting information or proposing revisions
Contribute to a specific dataset in the selected place by submitting information or proposing revisions
Human resources:
Human resource is the key to the success of the project. The main roles in the project are:
  • Software Developer: taking care of the development/deployment of the software infrastructure and the web application, and monitoring the functionality of the platform, it should work around one month until the publishing of the result of the 2015 survey. The starting point is the platform realised by Open Knowledge and available as free software. The proponent will be in charge of this activities, but assistance is welcome
  • Contributors: any person who volunteers and submit information about the availability of one of the key datasets in their place – it should take on average around one hour to answer to the nine evaluation questions per dataset per place, but of course the time can vary depending on specific cases
  • Reviewers: any person who volunteers and examine the information submitted by the contributors, it is not easy to estimate the time to review the data as it depends on the working methodology decided by the teams but a single live meeting or online audio-video conference should be sufficient to validate most of the reviews
  • Go Global Open Data Index Committee: it appoints both horizontal and vertical reviewers if available or find a solution if problems arise
  • Marketing and Media manager: he/she identifies and perform strategic and operational actions in the marketing and media management
Financial resources:
Given the early stage of the project, only human time has been invested so far. The main future expenses will be:
  • hosting the website and the application of the project
  • present the accepted paper at the IGGSC during the European Go Congress in July 2015
  • travel to other tournaments and event in September-November 2015 to spread the word about the initiative and find contributors, reviewers and partners
  • dissemination activities of the result of the first survey in Spring 2016
The proponent will cover the initial costs of the project, but a more sustainable model will be put in place as the projects evolve. The main ideas to generate an income to sustain the project are:
  • users donations
  • sell a book of the results of the first survey (but available also for free on the website)
  • sponsorship
  • partnership with stakeholders
Perspective:
The time line already presented what happened so far and the plan until the publication of the results of the first edition of the Index.
The long term perspective is to evolve the Index to better reflect the needs and interests of the Go players to increase their awareness and involvement in national (and international) matters. Thanks also to Open Data and the Index, players will have an easy tool to access information and this will lead to better transparency and hopefully help generational change in national and international organizations.
Wishes:
As the early stage of the project, cooperation is crucial for its success. The project is looking for contributors, reviewers, partners of simply people interested to know more about the project or simply curious about its objectives. The project can live without a lot of volunteers and cover only the most active and important go countries, but to make it a real and worldwide index people from all around the Go world must be involved. Iwamoto awards 2015, giving space to the project in its section, will be certainly of help to promote the initiative, and we hope for a recognition of the innovative nature of the project to really boost the impact worldwide.
Additonal comments:
Please feel free to contact me anytime and I’m looking forward to meeting you all at the Second International Go Game Science Conference during EGC 2015 in Liberec, Czech Republic.
The provided illustrative images are taken from the Open Data Index website of Open Knowledge: index.okfn.org/
The provided paper is still draft even if it is very close to the final version.