Where is the Gold in
Open Data?
Bozen-Bolzano, September, 2013 · ulrich atz · @statshero
http://info.cern.ch/
Proposal.html
Open data can help us address 

the greatest challenges of our time

and generate value for everyone.
What is the ODI?
10 Startups
36 Members
Stanza: Body 01000010011011110110010001111001
	
  
data as culture
http://certificates.theODI.org
The first robust quality badge for open data
Open Data Stories
A collaboration with the World Bank
1. Economic value
“Transparency Drives
Prosperity” 
Open Government Partnership
Prescribing Analytics
Open Data found a £200m saving in
the NHS budget.
WHAT IS DATA?
Data is the raw material of the
information age.
“Data is the New Oil”
kenhodge13 (40132991@N07) on flickr.com
But data is not oil!
•  data is a non-rival good
•  marginal cost of distribution
•  falling cost of analysis (“refinement”)
More like gold than oil?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/48806909@N00/497511638/
A new gold rush
2. Social value
“The Internet is changing
the way we think.” 
Al Gore
Open data supports
collaborative ecosystem
OpenStreetMap - Project Haiti
http://vimeo.com/9182869
L’Aquila, 06. April 2009, 5.9 Richter scale
A triple tragedy
1.  People: 297 died
2.  Science: On 22 October 2012, six scientists and
one ex-government official were ...
An open data response
A flood of apps, which
allow the user to directly
access open data about
tremors, earthquakes
and re...
One app among other successful ones!
Is it making people obsessive?
What is relevant information? E.g., you won’t even feel the yellow dots.
All open data are good, but some
are better.
Even with the superpowers of open data we
cannot predict earthquakes – but we...
Mario Fornasari at http://flickr.com/photos/76474729@N02/7251352892
2012 another earthquake in Emilia-
Romagna – 5.9 Richte...
This time a different open data response
Open ricostruzione – donations for
rebuilding affected communities

“There needs to be greater
awareness of the vulnerabili...
1,500,000,000 people live in
earthquake zones.
Groß and Clerc: Metrography
3. Environmental value
“I got it wrong on climate
change – it's far, far
worse.” 
Nicholas Stern
Ellie Harrison: Vending Machine
Questions?
Email: ulrich@theodi.org · Twitter: @statshero
Thank you!
Where is the Gold in Open Data?  - Ulrich Atz - ODI
Where is the Gold in Open Data?  - Ulrich Atz - ODI
Where is the Gold in Open Data?  - Ulrich Atz - ODI
Where is the Gold in Open Data?  - Ulrich Atz - ODI
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Where is the Gold in Open Data? - Ulrich Atz - ODI

  1. 1. Where is the Gold in Open Data? Bozen-Bolzano, September, 2013 · ulrich atz · @statshero
  2. 2. http://info.cern.ch/ Proposal.html
  3. 3. Open data can help us address 
 the greatest challenges of our time
 and generate value for everyone.
  4. 4. What is the ODI?
  5. 5. 10 Startups
  6. 6. 36 Members
  7. 7. Stanza: Body 01000010011011110110010001111001   data as culture
  8. 8. http://certificates.theODI.org The first robust quality badge for open data
  9. 9. Open Data Stories
  10. 10. A collaboration with the World Bank
  11. 11. 1. Economic value “Transparency Drives Prosperity” Open Government Partnership
  12. 12. Prescribing Analytics Open Data found a £200m saving in the NHS budget.
  13. 13. WHAT IS DATA?
  14. 14. Data is the raw material of the information age.
  15. 15. “Data is the New Oil” kenhodge13 (40132991@N07) on flickr.com
  16. 16. But data is not oil! •  data is a non-rival good •  marginal cost of distribution •  falling cost of analysis (“refinement”)
  17. 17. More like gold than oil? http://www.flickr.com/photos/48806909@N00/497511638/
  18. 18. A new gold rush
  19. 19. 2. Social value “The Internet is changing the way we think.” Al Gore
  20. 20. Open data supports collaborative ecosystem OpenStreetMap - Project Haiti http://vimeo.com/9182869
  21. 21. L’Aquila, 06. April 2009, 5.9 Richter scale
  22. 22. A triple tragedy 1.  People: 297 died 2.  Science: On 22 October 2012, six scientists and one ex-government official were convicted of multiple manslaughter. 3.  Society: Who will trust official earthquake warnings now? Alarmism?
  23. 23. An open data response A flood of apps, which allow the user to directly access open data about tremors, earthquakes and related statistics.
  24. 24. One app among other successful ones!
  25. 25. Is it making people obsessive? What is relevant information? E.g., you won’t even feel the yellow dots.
  26. 26. All open data are good, but some are better. Even with the superpowers of open data we cannot predict earthquakes – but we can influence buildings.
  27. 27. Mario Fornasari at http://flickr.com/photos/76474729@N02/7251352892 2012 another earthquake in Emilia- Romagna – 5.9 Richter scale
  28. 28. This time a different open data response
  29. 29. Open ricostruzione – donations for rebuilding affected communities “There needs to be greater awareness of the vulnerability of the houses we live in and the buildings we work in and, where appropriate, they should be made safer.” http://www.openricostruzione.it/
  30. 30. 1,500,000,000 people live in earthquake zones.
  31. 31. Groß and Clerc: Metrography
  32. 32. 3. Environmental value “I got it wrong on climate change – it's far, far worse.” Nicholas Stern
  33. 33. Ellie Harrison: Vending Machine
  34. 34. Questions? Email: ulrich@theodi.org · Twitter: @statshero Thank you!
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