There has been much discussion today and for years about open data … and some of the conversation actually originated back in the 1990s in the geomatics-GIS sector. The blah, blah, blah is not meant to be derogatory but rather to confirm there’s been lots of discussion on the here and now and maybe we need to spend some time on futures.As part of the Futures panel, I’m going to provide a few thoughts Beyond Open Data ... within the (cruel) 5 minutes I’ve been given.
To start with – we need to think about why we’re interested in open data, why its important.Yes to Transparency & Accountability (working towards access as a human right) but I think its more than that – its about enhancing and maintaining our personal to global wellbeing/wellness.At the personal level, it can be about our personal health (e.g. apps for food inspections) or our economic wellbeing. Then move up to community level wellbeing – example here being a great web app called Wellbeing Toronto that allows citizens to interact with variables that create community wellbeing (e.g. environment, economy, public transit) and how you rank them in importance. What’s particularly valuable about this app (no bias just because I’m on Advisory Committee), is that it provides control to citizens on weighting each of the variables to what's important o them and allows them to compare results of their neighbourhood with others and ask the question – why the differences?All of this aggregates to the global level where our collective wellbeing is challenged by issues such as global warming, regional famine, natural disasters and water shortages. These are the types of issues that the World Bank and others like the Open Knowledge Foundation speak to in conjunction with their open data programs/initiatives.
As we look to the future, we also need to appreciate that Open Data is part of a much larger movement – Open Government.This model, updated from 2010, includes Open Data as one of its key components all linked by a the “Open Hub” which serves as the commons area and allows communication and collaboration among the component parts. These all have a supporting infrastructure that includes policy & standards, technology, data, financial & human resources and an extremely important part of the equation – leadership … together with governance.As we’re moving forward with open data, we need to appreciate that as important as it is, it’s part of a bigger picture. And open government is part of the bigger picture – society and a global ecosystem.
In the future, I think we’ll see a dramatic shift in resources related to what is accomplished in our local to global communities.Governments have been living on borrowed money and their debt levels are now forcing them to make very difficult decisions. ( we‘ve witness the austerity measures in many European Union countries). Initially, they seek some efficiencies and when that’s not enough, we see mass layoffs as we have seen in our federal government and provinces over years gone by. There are many public sector service reviews that have gone on and I suspect what we’ll continue to see is diminished levels of service to a point where services will simply no longer be provided in an effort to balance budgets and reduce the overall deficit.The importance of this is that the types of community led initiatives that we witness in the open data space such as the hackathons/codefests and community platforms such as Ushahidi and CKAN will grow by necessity to address the needs and fill the gap. In the tradition of community barn building, Governments must undertake to proactively collaborate and partner with community groups to address the needs of the community that even today are not being met such as affordable housing and equality in education opportunities.
Today we hold conferences about open data … in the not too distant future, it’ll be ubiquitous – it will simply be a normal part of our everyday lives.For a while, we’ve had this Internet of Things (moving towards the Internet of Everything – almost). The model of OpenData.ca having data from many sources, public sector, non-profits, academia, flowing into the cloud is what we’re striving for today. In the future, it will simply be understood to be part of our open and accessible information and knowledge ecosystem.Finding the data – just a search away and with the standardization of a semantic web, all the data relationships will have been defined to easily allow users, from citizens to scientific researchers to politicians, to quickly gain content and context to assist them in their decision making.
We’re headed into a real time mobile world. The combination of the “Internet of Everything” and the future power of quantum computing that Dave noted, will provide us with a “Global Solutions Hub.Solutions require a number of elements including data, analytics and visualization. The relevance of the derived “solutions” will be dependent on the quality and completeness of these components. We already see global sensor webs acquiring and publishing data from a variety of sources from NASAs constellation of imagery satellites to near field vehicle communication to in-pavement parking sensors to seismic sensors.Todays Smart phones will become smarter over time and become part of an integrated smart communities ecosystem (local to global). People are an important part of the global sensor system – we dial 911 to alert authorities of emergency situations, we report pot holes to identify traffic hazards, we develop social statements & campaigns through twitter and applications are developed every day to do even more.What's equally important for the future is inclusiveness – even today we suffer from the digital divide and its important we strive to allow everyone access and opportunity to participate in our global solutions hub that seeks to make our collective day to day living better.
I’ll end by going back to the first point – why are we expending all this effort in open data … in my mind, it will always be about people and making the world a better place.Thank you.
Beyond Open Data - Futures
Open Data … blah, blah, blahJury Konga, PrincipaleGovFutures GroupMay 11, 2013.University of WaterlooPharmacy BuildingBEYOND Open Data
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