Yet another increase in Florida Auto Insurance Rates


Florida currently sits at number four in the list of most expensive auto insurance rates in the country, right behind Washington D.C., Louisiana, and New Jersey. Because of the expense, Florida also sits at number five on the list of most uninsured motorists on the road at nearly 24 percent of drivers on the road without it. Florida auto insurance rates have always been statistically high, so it is never good news to hear that these rates are still climbing. However, Florida auto insurance is increasing. In fact, these rates may be climbing at about a rate of twice-yearly increases since 2009. The climbs are even reflected in nationally large insurance companies such as Geico and State Farm.

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Vote for Raw Data Now on the SXSW panelpicker


Announcement below – please tweet and post to get the word out. Voting ends 27 August!

Raw Data Now: Building an Open Data Ecosystem. Rufus Pollock and Jordan Hatcher of the Open Knowledge Foundation have submitted a proposal for a workshop highlighting the great work of the Open Knowledge Foundation, including Where Does My Money Go?, Open Shakespeare, CKAN, the Open Definition, and Open Data Commons (among many many more great projects!). The panel will cover:

  • What legal rights apply to databases?
  • What tools are available to developers and data publishers involved in public sector data?
  • How do I encourage public sector institutions to release data?
  • If I’m in the public sector, what’s the best

Apple and open and closed systems: Podcast


Ben Lehman and Duncan Bucknell kindly invited me to participate in a podcast as part of their IPThinkTank blog recently, where the focus was Apple and open and closed systems. Any thoughts or feedback, please just let me know.

Tattoos and anime – new slides and papers now up

Just a quick note to say that I’ve been putting some of my older slides and past working papers up on the net lately, plus I’m making more use of my account ( to host my presentations. Among these, I’ve posted:

  • My Drawing in Permanent Ink (copyright and tattoos) work from 2007 is now up on SSRN and Gikii conference slide deck on slideshare (
  • My slides from BILETA 2007 on anime and copyright ( that highlight the themes from my Otaku and Fansubs paper are also up.

My recent two talks at the fantastic Future Everything ( conference are also now up: Open: Rewards and Challenges ( and Intro to Open Data Commons

OSSAT – slides now up.

My slides from last night’s Open Source Show and Tell (OSSAT) are now up on slideshare:

Open Data Commons – OSSAT 14 April 2010
View more presentations from jordanhatcher at

You can also download the PDF direct from here if you like: Thanks to Phil and The Team for a great event! UPDATE. Presentation now on Vimeo at

Open Source Show And Tell

Just a note that I’ll be speaking on open data licensing at the Open Source Show and Tell on Wednesday April 14, 2010 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. The OSSAT is at: The Team 30 Park Street London, England SE1 9EQ Register on Upcoming

Building out legal permissions on the semantic web

So no surprise I’ve been thinking more and more about semantic web technologies and the law, given my recent trips and talks on open data. This represents some of my early-stage thinking about how copyright plays into the coming framework. For those not familiar with this area, my big picture layman’s summary of the semantic web / linked data: Make more stuff machine readable so that we can do smarter and better things with machines. One of the strands of developing semantic web technology deals with building out copyright (and other IP) permissions into the framework. You can find out what the rights cover what, and where to go to get copyright permissions, etc, generally through adding metadata