We have seen Open Data panels and have been part of others in the past couple of years. Most of the times City Officials talking about Transparency, other times technologists.
At Verge SF Jeniffer Belissent from Forrester Research put together a very interesting panel bringing together different players representing the Complete Open Data Value chain. It was pretty clear the impact of Open Data not only for Transparency and Accountability reasons but also to power products, advance research, and to make different players in the industry more efficient.
Who was there?
- The Open Data Publisher. City of Palo Alto, Jonathan Reichental. Representing the Government that has valuable data and is opening it up to the world. Jonathan is bringing a lot of energy and leadership in the Government Open Data Movement.
- The Open Data Enabler. Junar, Diego May. Open Data Platform enabling cities around the globe to transform hidden data into usable-discoverable-usable data that can trigger innovation and efficiencies.
- The Business User of Open Data. Trulia, Jed Kolko. Company that uses Open Data, curates it, packages it, and adds value to it in such a way that it became the Real Estate Marketplace of choice in different markets. The real estate industry is being transformed and profoundly affected by Trulia.
- The Service Provider in the Open Data ecosystem. Beyond The Arc Consulting, Steven Ramirez. This consulting firm helps big banks and other clients to use Open Data feeds to improve products and customer experience.
It was an exciting conversation ranging from incentives to open data, to experiences in US and abroad, to uses of Open Data and Innovation generated via Open Data.
I liked Steven´s comment about the “Data Poets” that can be creative if there is relevant Open Data to come up with valuable applications bringing such data to content. With Beyond the Arc they are helping clients such as banks to leverage on Open Data to improve products and services.
Jonathan Reichental discussed the motivations in Palo Alto, ranging from an initial motivation of Open Data being the right thing to do, and evolving into the increased efficiency and economic impact of Open Data.
Jed Kolko gave great examples of uses of Open Data. By talking about their APIs and Open Data approach at Trulia they have been approached with suggestions of mashups that can generate really interesting value added datasets and apps.
My personal conclusion. Open Data is certainly evolving from the initial “Proactive Transparency movement” to “Economic impact of Open Data” as well as “sustainable models”. It is clear that raw Open Data is just the beginning and that the real value is coming to fruition as more and more apps are created and as companies start using the live feeds of valuable data to improve their products and services.
Diego May | @diegomay | @Junar