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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. 1. Community Died How The Open Data A warning from the (scary) future http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  2. 2. Me: Chris Taggart @countculture
  3. 3. Me: Chris Taggart @countculture Founder of OpenlyLocal, opening up local government info since 2009. 150 councils, 10,000 councillors, 2 million payments, £14 billion – all open data
  4. 4. Me: Chris Taggart @countculture Founder of OpenlyLocal, opening up local government info since 2009. 150 councils, 10,000 councillors, 2 million payments, £14 billion – all open data Member of UK Local Public Data Panel
  5. 5. Me: Chris Taggart @countculture Founder of OpenlyLocal, opening up local government info since 2009. 150 councils, 10,000 councillors, 2 million payments, £14 billion – all open data Member of UK Local Public Data Panel Co-founder & CEO of OpenCorporates
  6. 6. Open Data!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/warrenfree/4809510399/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  7. 7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tim_ellis/3857286402/ ...but what will it look like when the party’s over
  8. 8. That scary future in full... http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  9. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 14. What went wrong? http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  15. 15. Re lev anc e, Re lev a What went wrong? nce ,R el eva nce http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenschafer/205643749/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  16. 16. Relevance We allowed ourselves to be marginalised by government
  17. 17. Relevance a critical mass We didn’t form http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Viktor_Bout_Extradited_to_US.jpg
  18. 18. Relevance a critical mass We didn’t form http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Viktor_Bout_Extradited_to_US.jpg
  19. 19. Relevance We didn’t appear in search results
  20. 20. Relevance op en d ata ogl e ha tes Go We didn’t appear in search results
  21. 21. Relevance depended on it Nobody’s business http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/5719382021/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  22. 22. Relevance prison We didn’t put anyone in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Viktor_Bout_Extradited_to_US.jpg
  23. 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. 24. There is a chance to change our future
  25. 25. There is a chance to change our future Don’t be irrelevant. Gain standing in the conversation (cf Carl Malamud’s 10 Rules for Radicals)
  26. 26. There is a chance to change our future Don’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. 27. There is a chance to change our future Don’t be irrelevant. Gain standing in the conversation (cf Carl Malamud’s 10 Rules for Radicals) Expect failure, but fight for success & fail forward Politicians and bureaucrats are enablers or blockers. Support the enablers, work around the blockers, and go public when necessary
  28. 28. There is a chance to change our future Don’t be irrelevant. Gain standing in the conversation (cf Carl Malamud’s 10 Rules for Radicals) Expect failure, but fight for success & fail forward Politicians and bureaucrats are enablers or blockers. Support the enablers, work around the blockers, and go public when necessary Build a business on open data. Really. Do it now!
  29. 29. There is a chance to change our future Link to other open data sites, and link intelligently, because we need to...
  30. 30. There is a chance to change our future Link to other open data sites, and link intelligently, because we need to... Get good at SEO (and get Google to reward open data publishers, not penalise them)
  31. 31. There is a chance to change our future Link to other open data sites, and link intelligently, because we need to... Get good at SEO (and get Google to reward open data publishers, not penalise them) Remember, if open data doesn’t cause problems for the incumbents, it’s not working

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