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Not All Open Government Plans Are Open To Analysis

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 8, 2010  |  6 Comments

I am planning to do some research about the Open Government Plans published on April 7th, but I am traveling with unreliable Internet connection for the next few days. So I thought I would download all plans that I found thanks to this link via Twitter, and work on the plane or in airport lounges.

What I noticed is that federal departments and agencies have used all sorts of formats for their plans, with most but not all of them providing a PDF version. A few of them provided only an HTML version, but mostly in a single page, so that I could download them easily too.

In one case though, the plan can only be browsed but not really downloaded (or at least not with the tools and the limited time I had).

I do appreciate that a traveling analyst is not (nor should he be) the target of these plans. However I found weird that, while dealing with transparency and openness, somebody did not think about one particular spin on accessibility: are people supposed to read the plan only while they are on line?

Category: open-government-data  

Tags: open-government-directive  

Andrea Di Maio
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15 years at Gartner
28 years IT industry

Andrea Di Maio is a managing vice president for public sector in Gartner Research, covering government and education. His personal research focus is on digital government strategies strategies, Web 2.0, open government, cloud computing, the business value of IT, smart cities, and the impact of technology on the future of government Read Full Bio


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  4. What form would you like it in?

  5. @Robbie – anything that I could comfortably download and work on while on a plane would be great :)

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