Why the Open Data movement is no joke
On May Day, Tom Slee wrote a post labeled "Why the "Open Data Movement" is a Joke". While this is quite ridiculous (pun intended), the article prompted a number of very thoughtful responses:
- Alex Howard (@digiphile) writes "No joke: Open Data fuels transparency, civic utility, and economic activity"
- Tom Lee (@tjl) writes "Defending the Big Tent: Open Data, Inclusivity and Activism"
- Kevin Merritt (@kmerritt) writes "Reinventing Government with Open Data Is No Joke"
- David Eaves (@deaves) writes "Open Data Movement is a Joke?"
Together, they provide a lot of information about Open Data (see graphic by Justin Grimes on the right) with good examples and additional resources, as well as a great list of arguments for Open Data:
- Open Data creates transparency and accountability
- Open Data leads to better informed and broader policy debates
- Open Data enables innovators and developers to create new products and services
- Open Data creates economic opportunities and new data ecosystems
- Open Data impacts people's lives through better services, apps and more
- Open Data doesn't equal Open Government, but is an important part of it
- Open Data helps government become more efficient
- Open Data benefits local government
So if you haven't followed the open data movement, here is a chance to get a concise summary. And then engage. Which may just be the opposite of what Tom Slee wanted to achieve ...