Does anyone disagree with more open data? It’s a huge part of many forward-looking governments and organizations’ transparency strategy and is capturing headlines daily. According to Gartner, “It may be a great opportunity to test some of the open government and government 2.0 tools to help communicate, engage people in finding solutions to problems that government cannot solve any longer, building networks for mutual support, crowdsourcing services and processes that have become unsustainable.”
From the USAID creating data maps to the risks of open government initiatives, and the continuing debate over opening data, understanding open data’s potential for social and economic impact and the barriers to capturing it are the first steps toward its effective use. As the examples in the following articles suggest, the organizations that integrate open data collected by private industry, government and others into their strategies can make significant differences in the lives of people worldwide.
Open Data News
Open Data Initiatives at USAID – Using data from its own FEWS.NET site, USAID created the maps with open-source tools, allowing other organizations and concerned individuals to leverage the data for additional aid and outreach activities. This reflects a move towards collaboration, enabling efforts.
Open data is a force for good, but not without risks – The government’s open data initiative is a move towards making government data publicly available, to encourage its reuse. The potential threat to privacy is probably the foremost risk. Reducing this as has been recognized by the government.
Is Open Data A Boon Or A Bane? – The key point here is not that open data can’t be abused by the unscrupulous, but that it is still better overall than what we have had until now, which is an entire sychain.
IT and Telecom Positions in the Open Data Value Chain Report – The study provides an understanding of Open Data strategies in the public and private sectors. It also presents strategies followed by the various IT and telecom players involved in the Open Data value chain.
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