This post originally appeared on the blog Wait... What? and is re-published here with kind permission from Linda Raftree.
I spent last week at the International Open Government Data Conference (IOGDC), put on by Data.gov, the World Bank Open Data Initiative and theOpen Development Technology Alliance. For a full overview, watch some of the presentations and read the liveblog. A point made by several presenters and panelists is that the field has advanced quite a bit in terms of getting data open, and that what really matters now is what people are doing with the data to improve and/or change things.
- economic growth/entrepreneurship
- transparency, accountability and governance
- improved resource allocation and provision of services
- connecting data dots and telling stories the public needs to know