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Share Share 12 Views no discussions Share Tweet Photo credit: siliconcaribe.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — A Caribbean open data initiative, backed by the University of the West Indies and the International Development Research Centre of Canada, could improve the region’s access to public information of national significance.A slate of local and regional experts will be gathering for the first regional event of its kind on open data. The conference, titled “Developing the Caribbean”, will be hosted simultaneously across Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago from January 26 to 27. ‘Open data’ is a term used to describe the idea that certain information should always be readily available to everyone. Such access to data should be without copyright, without patent, or without any such restriction that would prevent the end user from determining how the data is used.One of the featured speakers at the event is Trinidad-born technology expert Bevil Wooding, an international advocate for the open data movement in developing countries. He described open data as “potentially one of the most significant advances in how public access to public information is leveraged for the common good”.Wooding, founder of the non-profit BrightPath Foundation, explained that under the Trinidad and Tobago Freedom of Information Act established in 1999, if a member of the public desires access to public information, he or she has to make a formal request for that information to be released. However, with open data, access public information and public datasets is in commonly accessible formats via the Internet for public consumption. “Typically, a substantial amount of important public information, ranging from official crime statistics and national census data to government land allocations and taxation revenues from the energy sector, is locked away in government data repositories. Though it is supposed to be public information, held in trust by the government, it is inaccessible to the public. With open data, governments can take the initiative, in the interest of transparence and accountability in governance and provide access to these public datasets,” he said.He went on to share that such a move to open data brings benefits to both the government and the general public.“Governments can effectively ‘crowd-source’ the work of interpreting and analysing data to the public. Such crowd-sourcing can transform static data into valuable public information services at a pace and in a manner that simply would not be possible given government’s constraints. This opens the door to all kinds of new innovative applications and services,” Wooding said.“Of course, a new level of transparency and accountability can be facilitated when data is made publicly available. This is one reason why, across the world, governments in both developed and developing countries are moving to make more public data available,” he added.Many governments including the US, UK, Canada, India, Brazil and Kenya have opened up their data on sites such as data.gov, data.gov.uk, data.gc.ca, opendatsata.go.ke, with other countries joining the movement at a strong pace.The open data philosophy is straightforward, Wooding said. “The responsibility for making information available to the public falls squarely on those who have the information, as opposed to those who demand it.”Organisers of the upcoming conference are hoping to significantly raise the awareness of how public information can help to solve problems and provide new services to citizens. Web developers will collaborate through live video streaming of all presentations, and groups from other territories will be encouraged to participate virtually. The conference will be recorded and the live stream opened up to the public.Caribbean News Now NewsRegional Caribbean open data movement set to open a world of possibilities by: – January 20, 2012 Sharing is caring!
Arsene Wenger believes the officials have to take as much blame as Arsenal’s under-performing players for the Boxing Day humbling at Southampton. Leicester’s defeat at Liverpool meant the Gunners arrived at St Mary’s knowing victory would see them usurp the surprise Premier League leaders at the summit. However, Southampton ended a run of six winless matches in some style, triumphing 4-0 on a night when the scoreline could have been worse for the visitors. Wenger remained calm and composed after the match, though, apportioning much of the blame to referee Jon Moss and his officials. “Well, I think Southampton made the game very physical,” the Arsenal manager said. “We lost too many challenges and that explains why we lost the game. But that’s one aspect, so well done to them. “The second aspect is that on the first three goals we were really unlucky with the decision of the referee. “The first goal was offside, the second goal was a foul and third goal was a goal-kick, so if you’re a bit below par and on top of that you have the first three goals against you in the decision-making then it’s even more difficult. “On top of that, well done Southampton and I hope in the next game we have this kind of decisions for us.” Steven Davis appeared to have strayed offside in the build-up to Cuco Martina’s extraordinary opener and Laurent Koscielny tripped under pressure from Long before he added Saints’ second. The Arsenal boss also felt Jose Fonte’s header was borne out of an earlier poor decision, leaving just Long’s stoppage-time strike without complaint. Asked why Wenger was smiling as he bemoaned a 4-0 loss, he said: “Look, I smile, I don’t smile – what can I do about it? “I cannot influence that but I must say they were sharper than us in the challenges and on that front we’ve got to look at what we can master. “Decisions of the referee you cannot master, but our own behaviour we can and on that front I believe Southampton looked stronger in the challenges and we lost too many tonight.” Southampton counterpart Ronald Koeman found Wenger’s complaints about his side’s first three goals laughable. “Only the first three? He didn’t say anything about the fourth goal? That’s strange,” he said. “I like to analyse the game and if you lose 4-0 and you talk about the referee it’s not my way to analyse a football game.” It was a cutting riposte from a manager able to celebrate after a difficult period, with last week’s 2-0 home loss to Tottenham a fifth defeat in a difficult winless period. Koeman was furious after that loss but his emotion was one of pride after overcoming Spurs’ north London rivals at St Mary’s. “I think another example that sometimes it’s very difficult to explain why something happens,” the Saints boss said. “Of course, we don’t expect this result. We had confidence, we had belief to win the game, but so clearly in the end to win 4-0, and even to have good opportunities to score more goals. “It was all about confidence in the team and, in my opinion, the second half the team performance was perfect in the way we defended, in how aggressive we were on the battles in midfield. “I think the game plan was perfect because Shane Long and Sadio (Mane) create a lot of problems to the defenders of Arsenal. “Well done to the boys. After a period without winning games you like to have a performance like tonight and it was perfect.” Press Association
Afterward, Rivers was asked what a victory like this can do for his team’s confidence.“Nothing, really,” he said. “I mean, we believe we’re good anyway. Honestly. And we know they’re good, too. We have humility, we understand they’re a great team. We believe we are, too.“Neither team really shot the ball well. What it really came down to was mental toughness, which team kind of had to hang in there. And we did that.”Indeed, whereas Rivers questioned his team’s toughness seven weeks ago, he didn’t do that after this one.“Yeah, it shows great growth,” he said. “It’s what I said before the game, we’re better than we were when we played them the last time. We’re just better mentally.”Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 15 points, but he shot just 6 of 18. Steph Curry scored 14 points while being limited to just 12 shot attempts, well under his average of 17.1. Marreese Speights and David Lee had 11 apiece and Draymond Green scored 10.Paul and Green were yapping at each other at times, which is not surprising because these teams do not like each other. Paul discussed their conversations.“They are a great team over there,” he said. “He (Green) was talking about how well he played against us in the playoffs last year, and he did. We will take the win. That was a great team. We beat a great team tonight.”The Clippers beat the Warriors in seven games in the first round of the playoffs this past season.When Rivers first entered the postgame news conference, he said, “Wow, that was ugly.”Making just one of your first 17 shots will bring those kinds of remarks from a coach.“Yeah, it’s one of those games,” Rivers said. “Sometimes, you can’t win; you’re in the way of yourselves. I thought we had a little bit of that going on. They were just as bad, too, at times. One of those nights.”Perhaps, but considering what happened in November, this was a big victory for the Clippers.“It’s a great win,” Griffin said. “It’s great because there’s a lot of distraction, especially for the home team because you’ve got all your family in town (for Christmas). You’ve got a million things to do.“To come out and get a win, take care of that, it’s big for us. Especially with dropping the last two games, last three out of four.”The Warriors were coming off a stunning 115-105 loss Tuesday to the Lakers.Golden State was without starting post Andrew Bogut (knee) and the Clippers were again without backup post Spencer Hawes (knee).The Clippers next play host to the high-flying Toronto Raptors on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Raptors are 22-7 and sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. Wednesday marked seven weeks since the Clippers ventured to Oakland on Nov. 5 and were routed by the Golden State Warriors by 17 points. It was worse than that, though, as Golden State led by 27 after three quarters before coasting to victory.Afterward, Clippers coach Doc Rivers was steaming and intimated his team was soft.The rematch was Thursday – Christmas night – and it figured things might be a bit different.“Oh, we’re better, we’re way better than that,” Rivers said before tipoff. “No matter what happens, we’re a better team.” The Clippers were way better than they were in early November, and the result was a 100-86 victory over the Warriors before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.The Clippers (20-10) had lost three of their past four. The Warriors (23-5) had won 18 of 20 but have now lost two consecutive games.Jamal Crawford led the Clippers with 24 points off the bench. Chris Paul scored 22 points, Blake Griffin had 18 points and 15 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and J.J. Redick scored 11. Crawford sealed Golden State’s fate with a 3-point basket for a 20-point lead (97-77) with 2:55 left in the game.The Clippers led 20-18 after one quarter and 42-41 at halftime before leading 73-70 after three quarters.Los Angeles made just one of its first 17 shots, yet finished the game shooting 39.1 percent from the field. Golden State shot 42.5 percent, but the Clippers made 23 free throws to 12 for Golden State. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error