Open Data und was man damit anfangen kann

So, after nearly a year in the Open Data trenches, I have some advice for those starting or involved in open data projects. First, figure out what you want the world to look like and why. It might be a lack of corruption, it might be a better society for citizens, it might be economic gain. Whatever your goal, you’ll be better able to decide what to work on and learn from your experiences if you know what you’re trying to accomplish. Second, build your project around users. In my time working with the politicians and civil servants, I’ve realised that success breeds success: the best way to convince them to open data is to show an open data project that’s useful to real people. Not a catalogue or similar tool aimed at insiders, but something that’s making citizens, voters, constituents happy. Then they’ll get it.

via Rethinking Open Data – O’Reilly Radar.

Offen und free hört sich für alle Beteiligten immer gut an. Man zeigt sich modern, sozial und teilt, was man hat. Das ist aber nicht immer gut so, denn auch bei (den hier angesprochenen) Open Data Initiativen gilt es, das eigene Ziel erst einmal zu verstehen, bevor es angepeilt wird.

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