Is There a Business Case for Open Government Data?
There are three success models and stories I am aware of with use of data:
- Statistical agencies that get regular funding because it is critical to decisions like congressional districting, etc.
- Intelligence community that got a big budget increase for big data because of the need to find more needles in bigger haystacks
- Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. that learned it needed a data science team with an information platform to grow their business
So what business value can make open government data fundable and sustainable like the above three?
Maybe by some combination of all three
As a personal note, I have worked in all three areas:
- Statistical agencies – FedStats.gov and FedStats.net
- Intelligence Community – Open Source Resource
- A Quint – Cross Information Sharing and Integration App
- Data Science Team – US EPA and Semantic Community
- Data Science Products and Department of Commerce App Challenge: Big Data Dashboards
- July 12th: Being talked about on Linkedln more than anything else on SlideShare right now. So we've put it on the homepage of SlideShare (in the "Hot on LinkedIn" section).
Three main activities with data that I observed at the recent Health Datapalooza I think is very relevant:
- Example: Tech Entrepreneurs - $100,000 award for the best app for health consumers from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Symcat, a symptom checker that analyzes patient records to tell you what patients like you actually had. It was an amazing demonstration and success story of a small group of 4 people that have only been working together for about four months.
- Value-Added Data and Data Products
- Example: Academia and Industry: Reusing and Selling Government Data
- Baseline Data Collection and Scientific Publication
- Example: FedStats: 200 Statistical Programs in 70 Agencies
What I did for the 2012 IOGDC, I also think is very relevant:
- 43 Nations Now Offer A Million Government Data Sets
- “More data beats clever algorithms but better data beats more data.” Monica Rogati @ Strata 2012
- Action: Make the conference content data and use that for a tutorial
- Reason: Did not have hands-on exercises in the conference tutorial
- Putting the 2012 IOGDC Data To Work
- “We are talking a lot about making data available, but need to talk more about putting data to work.”@PeterSpeyer
- Action: Audit and produce results
- Reason: Found things presented to be not as advertised
Read much, much more at http://semanticommunity.info/AOL_Government/2012_International_Open...