Open Parliament, the Senate in the Net (II): Accessibility and Reuse of public sector information

By Ismael Peña-López
ICTlogy (ISSN 1886-5208). Issue #110, November 2012

 

Notes from the Open Parliament: the Senate in the Net, organized by the Spanish Senate in Madrid, Spain, in November 12, 2012. More notes on this event: senadored.

Keynotes on Accessibility and Reuse of public sector information.

Accessibility.
Fundación Sidar. Loic Martínez Normand. Presidente de la fundación

Accessibility: guaranteeing that the web is available for everyone independently of their capabilities. This definition has been broadened when more people are disabled in different ways (e.g. temporarily because of broken arm) and because of the proliferation of different displays with which one can access the world wide web. Functional diversity: sensory (sight, hearing, touch), motor (mobility, skills), cognitive (comprehension, language, learning).

Principles in accessible design: a website has to be perceptible, comprehensible, operable, robust. The new website scores average, but is much better than the previous one.

Reuse of public sector information.
Fundación Civio. Mar Cabra. Directora de la fundación.

Some experiences in transparency and reuse of public sector information: tuderechoasaber.es, dondevanmisimpuestos.es, espanaenllamas.es.

There is a lot of information that already exists, that has been paid by the taxpayers, and that is not used because it has not been made publicly available. There even is the possibility to make business/profit by reusing public sector information.

Make available:

  • Legally, by making it freely (no copyright) available by law.
  • Technically, so that computers can “read” the information (e.g. no scanned images, but text documents).
  • Humanly, presenting information in visual ways that humans can better understand than long lists of rows in tables.

Availability is also about being able to provide feedback, and providing feedback in a transparent way (e.g. no through forms).

Open Parliament: the Senate in the Net (2012)

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2012) “Open Parliament, the Senate in the Net (II): Accessibility and Reuse of public sector information” In ICTlogy, #110, November 2012. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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