There has been a common theme to much of what I’ve read in catching up since my holiday: DATA.  Lots of articles on visualisation, and what else you can do with it once its available. Plus, more news for the people who want to do exciting things with public sector information, announcements from various governments about their plans.

The White House held a live chat, which they followed up with a blog post answering questions on their Open Government Directive.

Gordon Brown made a speech to introduce the Smarter Government proposals. The whole paper can be found online – and the section relating to transparency is 1.3

Finally, a colleague in Ausaid alerted me to recent announcements from the Australian government – lots going on there.

And, did I mention lots of articles? A selection follow: