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Open Data
Highs, Lows and Big Unknowns
Tom Heath
Head of Research
Open Data Institute
@tommyh
My Open Data Story
A Developmental Perspective
The (Increasing) Highs
Launched March 2006 – http://freeourdata.org.uk/
Launched October 2007 – http://data.dc.gov/
source: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/feb/05/mps-expenses-houseofcommons
Launched May 2009 – http://data.gov/
Appointed June 2009
Image by Elon University, CC-BY 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elonuniversity/4560487761/
In Beta September 2009 – http://data.gov.uk/
Launched April 2010 – (at big long url...)
Launched September 2010 – (another long url)
Published November 2011
Published June 2012
Launched in Beta September 2012 – http://data.gov.in/
Official Launch December 2012 – http://theodi.org/
Made? Signed? Ordered? May 2013
Signed June 2013
Signed June 2013
Released October 2013 – https://index.okfn.org/
Released October 2013 – http://opendatabarometer.org/
What did we get right?

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Strong grassroots campaigns

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Top-level (cross-party) political support

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Appealing to mult...
The Lows
by Freefoto, CC-BY-NC
Big Unknowns
will “open wash” lead to “peak open”?
Image by Olga Tarkovskiy, CC-BY-SA 3.0
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hype-Cycle-General.png
Image by Ulrich Atz, CC-BY-SA 3.0
http://www.flickr.com/photos/elonuniversity/4560487761/
a “personal data chernobyl”
“care.data”
indifference, losing momentum
→ the evidence base
mailto:tom.heath@theodi.org
→ commercial uptake
→ ongoing government com...
data quality, provenance, versioning, description
web-scale discovery and reuse (inc. licensing!)
http://data.dc.gov
So what can you do?
How are you using open data?
And what have you learned?
Questions?
Acknowledgements
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Fred Saunderson and Max Heimstädt
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Tim Davies
–

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UK Open Data Timeline
Open Data Timeline

Ulr...
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Open data highs-lows-big-unknowns - Data Days

  1. 1. Open Data Highs, Lows and Big Unknowns Tom Heath Head of Research Open Data Institute @tommyh
  2. 2. My Open Data Story
  3. 3. A Developmental Perspective
  4. 4. The (Increasing) Highs
  5. 5. Launched March 2006 – http://freeourdata.org.uk/
  6. 6. Launched October 2007 – http://data.dc.gov/
  7. 7. source: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2010/feb/05/mps-expenses-houseofcommons
  8. 8. Launched May 2009 – http://data.gov/
  9. 9. Appointed June 2009 Image by Elon University, CC-BY 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elonuniversity/4560487761/
  10. 10. In Beta September 2009 – http://data.gov.uk/
  11. 11. Launched April 2010 – (at big long url...)
  12. 12. Launched September 2010 – (another long url)
  13. 13. Published November 2011
  14. 14. Published June 2012
  15. 15. Launched in Beta September 2012 – http://data.gov.in/
  16. 16. Official Launch December 2012 – http://theodi.org/
  17. 17. Made? Signed? Ordered? May 2013
  18. 18. Signed June 2013
  19. 19. Signed June 2013
  20. 20. Released October 2013 – https://index.okfn.org/
  21. 21. Released October 2013 – http://opendatabarometer.org/
  22. 22. What did we get right? ● Strong grassroots campaigns ● Top-level (cross-party) political support ● Appealing to multiple (different) priorities
  23. 23. The Lows
  24. 24. by Freefoto, CC-BY-NC
  25. 25. Big Unknowns
  26. 26. will “open wash” lead to “peak open”?
  27. 27. Image by Olga Tarkovskiy, CC-BY-SA 3.0 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hype-Cycle-General.png
  28. 28. Image by Ulrich Atz, CC-BY-SA 3.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/elonuniversity/4560487761/
  29. 29. a “personal data chernobyl” “care.data”
  30. 30. indifference, losing momentum → the evidence base mailto:tom.heath@theodi.org → commercial uptake → ongoing government commitments
  31. 31. data quality, provenance, versioning, description
  32. 32. web-scale discovery and reuse (inc. licensing!)
  33. 33. http://data.dc.gov
  34. 34. So what can you do?
  35. 35. How are you using open data? And what have you learned?
  36. 36. Questions?
  37. 37. Acknowledgements ● Fred Saunderson and Max Heimstädt – ● Tim Davies – ● UK Open Data Timeline Open Data Timeline Ulrich Atz – “Big, Open and Personal” Venn diagram

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