Making Public Data Public[er]

Guy Dickinson snarfed me along for a PechaKucha orgy this afternoon. “Hey, we’re doing this 20 slides for 20 seconds each thing later… have you got anything?”

Got on the bicycle, tore back to the apartment (yes, it does take 12 minutes), got on the laptop and whipped up a Keynote presentation about something I choose to call “making public data public[er]” — looking at the various “public service computing” projects I’ve been hacking together this year.

Back on the bike, back to reboot, tracked down Guy, put the presentation on his PowerBook and then suddenly it was time to go. Amazing experience: all the adrenalin I’ll need for the next month or so. Presentations from Guy, Michael Smith, Matt Webb, and Alexander Kjerulf were equally thrilling to watch.

You’re going to have a hard time convincing me that any presentation should take longer than 20 x 20 from now on. Thanks for having me along, Guy.

Here’s the PDF of the presentation if you’re interested. And you’ll find links to most everything I talked about in the Rukapedia.


Rob L.'s picture
Rob L. on June 2, 2006 - 20:43 Permalink

I’m having big problems viewing that .pdf
Anyone else?

Peter Rukavina's picture
Peter Rukavina on June 3, 2006 - 00:01 Permalink

Oops — look like reboot’s flaky wifi munged the PDF. Uploaded again here from home; try again!

Guy Dickinson's picture
Guy Dickinson on June 3, 2006 - 06:59 Permalink

You rocked…20 slides, 20 seconds, and 20 minutes to prepare…brilliant. See you on the balcony next year Peter :-)

Tom Carden's picture
Tom Carden on June 4, 2006 - 01:13 Permalink

I was keeping time and — although everyone was pretty much spot on — I think your presentation was closest to 6 minutes and 40 seconds (before applause). I really enjoyed getting that insight into your stuff (and I’d recommend other conferences to offer PechaKucha as an introductory talk format). You’re like a one-man mysociety, keep it up!

Olle Jonsson's picture
Olle Jonsson on June 5, 2006 - 13:12 Permalink

Let’s all give a big hand to the Pecha Kucha style. Thanks, Guy, for bringing it, and thanks Peter, for lightning-recapping your backlog of Civic Data Apps. You’ve come a long way, baby.

Jim's picture
Jim on June 15, 2006 - 14:43 Permalink

I stumbled across your site looking for some Adium/Applescript examples and found this post on public data availability. A bit of shameless self-promotion here that you might be interested in:…

You can read a bit about the philosophy behind why we’re making all of our government data over RESTful webservices here:

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.