Everyone is telling the public sector they need to publish open data and they really ought to be publishing linked open data. But what&#x2019;s in it for them? Potentially a lot, but ONLY IF PEOPLE USE IT. Publishing it is only half of the answer. Let&#x2019;s try to understand better what people want to use the data for, how they would like to access it, what they would like to combine it with.
A lot of data gets to end users via applications. That software is created by developers. Supporting the development of useful applications is in many ways a social openness issue, as discussed by Ton Zijlstra in his part of the talk. Data publishers need to actively engage with the developer community.