To mark the first year of data.gov.uk The Guardian looks at both the enthusiasm and skepticism of people who want data to be free and re-usable, while I want to know how publishers see it.
In ‘Government data UK: what’s really been achieved?‘ Simon Rogers and Charles Arthur discover that concerns felt by developers include the quality of the data, the proliferation of aggregated reports in lieu of raw data and indications that the Government will bend to the seduction of selling some data instead of making it all available free of charge.
Meanwhile, in ‘A year of data.gov.uk‘ Professor Nigel Shadbolt claims that the idea of publicly available data has ‘really caught hold’. ‘In this country it not only survived the election,’ he says, ‘but new commitments to transparency and open data have been made.’ This, he argues, is because the data is being used to hold power to account, to re-engineer public services and to enable the public to make better decisions.
But that’s from the geeks who want to free the data and re-use it; what about those of you who have to publish it? How do you feel about using data.gov.uk?