“The report “Open Data Maturity in Europe 2017: Open Data for a European Data Economy” shows that in 2017 countries have picked up pace in making increasing amounts of data available. When working with data, whatever the domain, we often forget that a lot of the data we use is collected and produced by the Public Sector. Data and Open Data play an increasingly disruptive role, leading to new digital business models, innovation and growth.”
“Open government data are an essential resource of the information age. Moving data into the public sphere can improve the lives of citizens, and increasing access to these data can drive innovation, economic growth and the creation of good jobs. Making government data publicly available by default and reusable free of charge in machine-readable, readily-accessible, open formats, and describing these data clearly so that the public can readily understand their contents and meanings, generates new fuel for innovation by private sector innovators, entrepreneurs, and non-governmental organisations. Open data also increase awareness about how countries’ natural resources are used, how extractives revenues are spent, and how land is transacted and managed.
47. We have today agreed and published an Open Data Charter (annexed) with the following principles:
Open Data by Default – foster expectations that government data be published openly while continuing to safeguard privacy;
Quality and Quantity – release quality, timely and well described open data;
Useable by All – release as much data in as many open formats as possible;
Releasing Data for Improved Governance – share expertise and be transparent about data collection, standards and publishing processes;
Releasing Data for Innovation – consult with users and empower future generations of innovators….
We will publish individual action plans detailing how we will implement the Open Data Charter according to our national frameworks (October 2013)…[for example] Genome data, research and educational activity, experiment results….”
“The EU Member States are making visible progress with regard to their Open Data transformation journey, with many Open Data initiatives as well as portals being launched each year. However in order to ensure such data infrastructures remain relevant over time, a series of aspects should be considered and embedded in the design stages of any Open Data portal.”
“AccuWeather has been trying to block open access to publicly-funded weather data for more than a decade. Its interest is to sell the same data to the public without “unfair competition” from the government. In the past it pursued this goal through Rick Santorum, the venal Senator from AccuWeather’s home state of Pennsylvania. Now it’s pursuing this goal through Donald Trump….”
“As a top executive at AccuWeather, Barry Myers has pushed for limits on the kinds of products that the National Weather Service offers to the public, saying they offered unfair competition to his industry.
Now, President Donald Trump’s nomination of Myers to lead the weather service’s parent agency could allow him to make those kinds of restrictions mandatory — to the benefit of his family-run forecasting company….”