Here's how we could adopt a radical shift in thinking about open government data
It's one of the biggest clichés of today: data is the new oil. But then, clichés are clichés because they are true.
One of the largest data reservoirs, which has not yet been sufficiently tapped, is government data. Governments all around the world collect vast amounts of data. The data collected by the government can, for example, include the following:
Information from public registers (such as land register, chamber of commerce, or patent register)
Legal information (such as statutes, government decrees, or court decisions)
Geographic information (such as maps, aerial photos, or topographic information)
Meteorological information (such as weather forecasts and climate models)
Social and economic data (including various types of statistics on population, economics, health, or employment)
Transport information (including information on traffic congestion, work on roads, public transport, or vehicle registration).
With the ongoing digital transformation, more data is collected every year and more data is also being transferred from old paper files into new digital formats. But while there is incredible power in this data, it’s not being sufficiently utilized.
One reason for this is that most government bodies are not particularly well-equipped to harness this potential. And it’s clear why: Government bodies have their own tasks within the public administration that they need to focus on. They also usually have limited resources and lack the required entrepreneurial spirit.
Open government data
One way to tackle this deficiency is for governments to make their data open to the public. This effort is called “open government data” and most governments are involved in it.
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