Last week, the White House release a policy mandate calling for all US Federal agencies to release their data in open accessible formats. This signals an important step in the opening up of government data.
But what about Hong Kong?
Though still many years behind its counterparts, the Open Data movement in Hong Kong is taking shape. First there was the open data sessions at the BarCamp event earlier in February, a small group of open data enthusiasts got to know each other at that event and together they launched OpenDataHK, a community portal for open data related events and resources.
(photo from the OpenDataHK facebook page)
This coming weekend, the first ever Open Data hackathon in Hong Kong will take place at Good Lab. Developers, designers and policy advocates will come together and make some amazing apps from publicly released government data. They will also try to find ways to push the government to take the extra step and be more forward-thinking in terms of opening up its data.
Check out the Open Knowledge Foundation website and learn more about open data!