A post about Open Data and the voluntary sector from 2010 – good to see people were thinking about our role in relation to open data a few years ago, and longer if you read the comments!
I posted on the topic of Open Data and the voluntary sector earlier today, and I’m very grateful for the time people have taken to respond. I thought I’d jot down a response to their response in the hope of continuing the conversation.
My original post boiled down to 4 propositions:
- Given the novelty of Open Data in the public sector, I didn’t think people would be that interested in voluntary sector Open Data.
- The motivation for public sector organisations to publish their data (transparency) doesn’t necessarily hold for why a voluntary sector organisation would publish their data.
- The power dynamic between voluntary sector organisations and their funders means that Open Data could be used as a resource for undermining the voluntary sector.
- Voluntary sector organisations are extremely well placed to benefit from the publication of Open Data by public agencies.
On point 1, my commenters rightly note that I’m…
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