Free the Data: eGov and Open Standards
One can only hope that one of Kundra’s first recommendations includes
leveraging what has become the de facto global financial reporting open
standard — XBRL — to tag and track the billions of Recovery Act dollars.
The Obama Administration has ...
Today's enterprise is built on the promises of mobility, everywhere-access
and flexibility. We work on multiple devices when and where we want - at the
office, on the road or at home. We expect full access to our data and
applications - on a sales call, in a boardroom or on a cross-continental
flight. And we expect to be able to transfer our data seamlessly between
platforms -on a mobile device, on the desktop or in the cloud.
Why should enterprise cloud application data be any different? Enterprises
housing apps in the cloud should expect to be able to position application
Anyone who has moved houses knows there is nothing worse than hauling boxes
and boxes of stuff, only to unpack it all on the other end and discover that
the beloved furniture and knick-knacks do not work in the new place.
Portability is a tricky concept, and moving applications to the cloud is not
much different than moving house. Just as every home is uniquely suited to
certain décor pieces and not to others, every cloud requires certain
specifications. The code and configurations that worked like a charm in one
cloud environment suddenly look like a bull in a china shop when mo... (more)
When President Obama appointed his new federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, last week,
Kundra announced ambitious plans to "democratize" federal government data by
making it accessible in open formats and in data feeds. His plan calls for
the creation of a single point of access to all public federal information.
The idea is to enable the data to be accessed by developers whose
applications will open up federal data to the sunlight of millions of
citizens by encouraging them to scrutinize how the Recovery Act's dollars
will be spent.
As chief technology officer for the District of Columbi... (more)
In the aftermath of banking failures, subprime mortgages, and bailouts across
multiple industry sectors, it is a good time to examine the strategies it
will take to rebuild public trust in our government and in the world’s
financial markets. I believe the answer depends both on what we can do and
how we do it.
With all the financial information that corporations were obligated to report
because of existing government regulations, how could we not have foreseen
this financial disaster? Did we misread the data? Was the information in the
reports incorrect? Is there more that shoul... (more)