Sarah Barns

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Valuing Open Data: Not so simple, Simon

In this piece for The Conversation I examined attempts to put a dollar figure on the value of open data (March 2014).

Governments have typically signed on to the open data agenda through initiatives such as the Open Government Partnership and the G8 Open Data Charter and made various high-level announcements, but there are many obstacles when, as the report authors remark, “agencies and those within them find ways to delay openness to minimise institutional risk”.

Putting a dollar figure on open data isnecessarily speculative. Where open data has the potential to be a game-changer for many industries, currently the data is not being released in sufficient volumes to realise maximum potential.

Read the full article on The Conversation: Open data and the G20: the value is there to share


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