[Irtalk] The EU opens up
hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 11:26:00 SAST 2013
“Today the European Parliament voted to formally agree new rules on open
data – effectively making a reality of the proposal which I first put
forward just over 18 months ago, and making it easier to open up huge
amounts of public sector data. This is about the data that public
authorities can lawfully put out there – a huge wealth of information about
your public services, how administrations are spending your tax euros,
geographical or cultural information, and the like.
There’s a huge benefit to opening up. Once information is out there, there
is so much you can do with it. Today many of you are familiar with apps
that tell you where you are and where you need to go – based on public data
from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites. But it goes beyond that:
the boost from easier access is of the order tens of billions of euros. In
short, this is an amazing raw material for innovation; we’re basically
sitting on a goldmine.
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