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Open data
• Free and open data
• No money, so “credit” or
“attribution” is our currency
• We struggle to fund our work
• W...
Closed data
• Access to data costs money
(trade access for big
subscription fees)
• Money funds development of
data
• Valu...
Bitcoins for biodiversity
(micropayments and mining)
• Micropayments using bitcoins
(every transaction costs a tiny
amount...
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Wild idea for TDWG17 Bitcoins, biodiversity and micropayments

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Lightening talk on open data, closed data, and micropayments

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Wild idea for TDWG17 Bitcoins, biodiversity and micropayments

  1. 1. Open data • Free and open data • No money, so “credit” or “attribution” is our currency • We struggle to fund our work • We struggle to demonstrate “value” (hits, downloads, citations…?)
  2. 2. Closed data • Access to data costs money (trade access for big subscription fees) • Money funds development of data • Value is obvious ($€£)
  3. 3. Bitcoins for biodiversity (micropayments and mining) • Micropayments using bitcoins (every transaction costs a tiny amount) • Access to raw, messy data is free (most of our data is sh€#*!ty) • Access to clean data costs something (trade money for time) • Biodiversity community uses excess capacity to mine bitcoins

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