How The Open Data Community Died - A Warning From The Future

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Honest assessment of the difficulties facing open data, and routes to overcome them. Presentation given to Open Government Camp, Warsaw, October 21, 2011

Honest assessment of the difficulties facing open data, and routes to overcome them. Presentation given to Open Government Camp, Warsaw, October 21, 2011

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  • 1. Community Died How The Open Data A warning from the (scary) futurehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 2. Me: Chris Taggart @countculture
  • 3. Me: Chris Taggart @countcultureFounder of OpenlyLocal, opening up local governmentinfo since 2009. 150 councils, 10,000 councillors, 2million payments, £14 billion – all open data
  • 4. Me: Chris Taggart @countcultureFounder of OpenlyLocal, opening up local governmentinfo since 2009. 150 councils, 10,000 councillors, 2million payments, £14 billion – all open dataMember of UK Local Public Data Panel
  • 5. Me: Chris Taggart @countcultureFounder of OpenlyLocal, opening up local governmentinfo since 2009. 150 councils, 10,000 councillors, 2million payments, £14 billion – all open dataMember of UK Local Public Data PanelCo-founder & CEO of OpenCorporates
  • 6. Open Data!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/warrenfree/4809510399/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tim_ellis/3857286402/...but what will it look likewhen the party’s over
  • 8. That scary future in full...http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 9. That scary future in full... A highly interconnected world of a very few (< 10) closed Big Data owners http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 10. That scary future in full... A highly interconnected world of a very few (< 10) closed Big Data owners http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Data goes in, rarely comes out
  • 11. That scary future in full... A highly interconnected world of a very few (< 10) closed Big Data owners http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Data goes in, rarely comes out Willing purchasers of public data
  • 12. That scary future in full... A highly interconnected world of a very few (< 10) closed Big Data owners http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Data goes in, rarely comes out Willing purchasers of public data For practical purposes beyond the scope of governance, governments, the people
  • 13. That scary future in full... A highly interconnected world of a very few (< 10) closed Big Data owners http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/ Data goes in, rarely comes out Willing purchasers of public data For practical purposes beyond the scope of governance, governments, the people Open data a historical artefact
  • 14. What went wrong?http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 15. Re lev anc e, Re lev a What went wrong? nce ,R el eva ncehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 16. Relevance We allowed ourselves to be marginalised by government
  • 17. Relevancea critical massWe didn’t form http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Viktor_Bout_Extradited_to_US.jpg
  • 18. Relevancea critical massWe didn’t form http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Viktor_Bout_Extradited_to_US.jpg
  • 19. Relevance We didn’t appear in search results
  • 20. Relevance op en d ata ogl e ha tes Go We didn’t appear in search results
  • 21. Relevancedepended on itNobody’s business http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/5719382021/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 22. RelevanceprisonWe didn’t put anyone in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Viktor_Bout_Extradited_to_US.jpg
  • 23. Relevance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Viktor_Bout_Extradited_to_US.jpg every day open data sts to use d journali We nee We didn’t put anyone in prison
  • 24. There is a chance to changeour future
  • 25. There is a chance to changeour futureDon’t be irrelevant. Gain standing in the conversation(cf Carl Malamud’s 10 Rules for Radicals)
  • 26. There is a chance to changeour futureDon’t be irrelevant. Gain standing in the conversation(cf Carl Malamud’s 10 Rules for Radicals)Expect failure, but fight for success & fail forward
  • 27. There is a chance to changeour futureDon’t be irrelevant. Gain standing in the conversation(cf Carl Malamud’s 10 Rules for Radicals)Expect failure, but fight for success & fail forwardPoliticians and bureaucrats are enablers or blockers.Support the enablers, work around the blockers, andgo public when necessary
  • 28. There is a chance to changeour futureDon’t be irrelevant. Gain standing in the conversation(cf Carl Malamud’s 10 Rules for Radicals)Expect failure, but fight for success & fail forwardPoliticians and bureaucrats are enablers or blockers.Support the enablers, work around the blockers, andgo public when necessaryBuild a business on open data. Really. Do it now!
  • 29. There is a chance to changeour futureLink to other open data sites, and link intelligently,because we need to...
  • 30. There is a chance to changeour futureLink to other open data sites, and link intelligently,because we need to...Get good at SEO (and get Google to rewardopen data publishers, not penalise them)
  • 31. There is a chance to changeour futureLink to other open data sites, and link intelligently,because we need to...Get good at SEO (and get Google to rewardopen data publishers, not penalise them)Remember, if open data doesn’t cause problems forthe incumbents, it’s not working