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*[ GovKit] - Ruby client library for US federal & state open government datasets
*[ DataCamp] - Codebase used for [ Datanest], a community-run Slovakian open data catalog
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== App Catalogs ==
== App Catalogs ==

Revision as of 23:58, 23 April 2011

Coordinating Open Technology among Public Agencies

The Civic Commons network is an effort to provide a permanent, sustainable organization to assist public agencies in the adoption of open systems and collaborative technologies, and to coordinate the co-creation of these technologies among agencies to ensure interoperability and shareability. Civic Commons will provide infrastructure, knowledge, and toolsets to government entities, and encourage the development of shared "civic technologies" and protocols, and supply optional technical infrastructure (such as data and project hosting) as needed.

Learn more about the Civic Commons.

Please join the Civic Commons Mailing List to take part in the discussion about this project.


Open Government Guidebook

The Open Government Guidebook describes step-by-step processes for opening government. This is a work in progress and as a wiki we encourage you to contribute case studies and references to this material. The processes are organized into the following sections:

See also the Open Gov Playbook wiki for the Open Government Directive

Open Government Initiatives by Location

United States


United Kingdom

Open Governance Policies


Participation & Collaboration


Sharing Policy

  • See recommendations and precedents for how to share policy, on the Sharing Policy page.

Open Data Initiatives


Community Run

States, Provinces, and other Regions

Community Run


Community Run

Intergovernmental Organizations

Other Open Government Data Resources

Most of these list the same information, but are not well coordinated so its not obvious which is the most comprehensive

Guides for Data

Idea Sourcing for Data and Apps

Open Source Data Catalog Platforms

See main article at Data Platform

Directory denotes that the system links-to and provides metadata about data hosted elsewhere rather than acting as a repository for the data itself.

App Catalogs

  • See App Catalogs for information on catalogs from app contests and information related to city app catalogs including listings of open source projects.

Open Source

Data Standards

There are many sections about standards, so you should view the full Data Standards page.

See also standards by application type and the Data Standards category page for all related pages.

Data Protocols

See also

Data Catalog Protocols

See also

API & Web Service Discovery

Generic Data Protocols

Data Catalog Ontologies

Civic Data Ontologies

See Civic Ontology

Domain Specific Standards

This is a list of different data types which may or may not have standards associated with them. In cases where there are not standards, links to case studies or potential defacto standards may be applicable. See also and European semantic interoperability assets

General Standards

  • Contacts - vCard and PortableContacts (webfinger also allows profile lookup by email address)
  • Calendars & Events - iCal
  • Documents - HTML, ePub, ODF:ODT (PDFs are not a standard for machine readable documents, they're a standard for preparing print documents)
  • Spreadsheets & Databases - CSV, ODF:ODS, SQL, XML, JSON
  • Web Login & Authentication - OpenID
  • Permissions & Authorization - oAuth and LDAP
  • Activity Streams -
  • Status Updates & Commenting - oStatus

Case Studies

Regional Alliances

Other References

Related White Papers

  • Center for Technology in Government (CTG) at the University at Albany. CTG's mission is to foster public sector innovation, enhance capability, generate public value, and support good governance through applied research, knowledge sharing, and collaborative problem solving at the intersection of policy, management, and technology. Developing an open Government Framework. This practical resource will be based on a value driven approach to thinking about and acting on the principles of open government: transparency, collaboration, and participation.

Organizations Covering Civic Information Technology

Likeminded Efforts

Open Source for Government

Government Organizations

Non-Governmental Organizations

University and Academia Affiliated