Open Access Week @ the Penn Libraries: Civic Hacking: Creating an Open Government through Technology

Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd at the Kislak Center for a lively panel discussion on civic hacking in conjunction with International Open Access Week. Joshua Tauberer (Founder of and will present, followed by a stellar group of respondents. According to the Penn Gazette,Tauberer has been at the forefront of a decade-long initiative to get the United States government to release information about how it works and what it does.”

Come and explore with us:

  • What is civic hacking?
  • Why is getting open data hard?
  • What’s up with the evolving White House Executive Order for Federal agencies to make data open and available in machine-readable form?  (Hints: Project Open Data and next Data.Gov prototype)
  • Once you’ve got the data, what are the creative uses to solve problems?


See the event flyer for more details.

Open Access Week is a global event promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Their comprehensive site (here) is packed with simple Q&As, event schedules, and videos. Need a little help wrapping your arms around this complex issue? Here’s a short introduction:

Follow Joshua Tauberer on Twitter @JoshData, read his freely available book online here on Open Government Data. or find his publicly accessible linguistics dissertation in Penn’s ScholaryCommons repository here.

After absorbing his initiatives in making government more transparent, explore the national aspects of this issue with the Open Government Initiative, the Civic Commons Wiki and the Open Data Handbook.

A fascinating debate is in the making over on Twitter thanks to the Sunlight Foundation. Using the hashtag #whyopendata, the foundation is streaming a series of blog posts with rebuttals to anti-open data arguments, here.

Finally, check out what’s happening in Philly on the open government data front. Ask Robert Cheetham, panel respondent, about OpenDataPhilly, an index of open civic data specific to our fair city, created by his company. If you’re up for some direct civic hacking for Philly, connect with like-minded folks via CodeForPhilly.

We hope to see you at the Kislak this Wednesday, October 23rd from 4-5:30pm.

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