[Irtalk] The Open Data Divide: UK & USA lead the world, but others fall behind

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Jan 23 12:47:47 SAST 2015

Open data is often cited as a key pillar in the public sector’s digital
revolution. *On the one hand the release of data into the public domain
allows for the entrepreneurial community to tap into government data and
build commercial services that are both for profit and improve the
efficiency of public services.*

*Whilst, on the other hand, it is thought that if there is as much
government data in the public domain as possible, this will build trust
between public sector bodies and citizens. Transparency and accountability
at the heart of government.*

However, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web and
creator of the World Wide Web Foundation, the organisation that released
the report this week, has said that despite the progress of a few, many are
falling behind on commitments.

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