rOpenGov developers met at the Open Knowledge Festival in Berlin, July 15-17. We discussed the development of representation formats for social/political science data sets. The psData package for panel series data is now under active development, and further plans include similar structures for election and other data sources. Standardized representation formats will allow the development and application of analysis algorithms beyond particular applications. Robert Gentleman from Bioconductor has said: ‘If everybody puts their - - data into the same kind of box, it doesn’t matter how the data came about, but that box is the same and can be used by analytic tools. Really, I think it’s data structures that drive interoperability.’
Overall, the OKFest 2014 was a great success with an interesting program and good athmosphere. Thanks for all organizers and participants!