Open Data Directory, Barriers to Open Government Data and a Distributed Data Supply Chain

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This week's data digest features plans for an Open Data Directory and attempts to understand barriers to open government data. Some great examples of how open data is transforming journalism are also featured and thoughts on the need to build a distributed data supply chain is expressed.

Open Data
Announcing a New Report: Open Data Directory – Use Cases and Requirements
The Web Foundation has released a new report called Open Data Directory - Use Cases and Requirements. It outlines requirements for the creation of an Open Data Directory platform. Definition of use cases and functional and architectural requirements for the platform will support a global directory of Open Data references and related information resources. This will range from scientific papers and studies to blog posts and applications developed on top of Open Data. With an increasing and diverse number of useful Open Data resources all over the Web such a project is welcomed.

New data release opens the lid on charity finances
The United Kingdom’s Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has announced new commitments on open data that will give citizens detailed information on the operations of charities and companies. For the first time, information about how charities earn and spend their money will be available in an open data format.

Understanding Barriers to Open Government Data
Chris Martin presents the results of his recent research into perceptions of open government data barriers on the Open Knowledge Foundation blog. On examining the similarities and differences between public and NGO perceptions, he found that the open government data community seems focused on supply side barriers, and is more sceptical about demand side barriers. Issues around politicised aspects of the open government data agenda also exist along with different perceptions of open government data barriers across sectors. He found a need for more cross-sectoral collaboration and action informed by an understanding of the social and technical workings of the government data system in its entirety.

How the Global Open Data Movement is Transforming Journalism
Jeanne Bourgault, President and CEO of Internews, identified some innovative journalism efforts undertaken in collaboration with civil society groups and governments to transform journalism through the use of open data and increase transparency and empower communities as a result. For instance, in Brazil, Infoamazonia.org created a cross-border map of data on environmental exploitation combined with journalist and citizen coverage. In Kenya, the Data Dredger project encourages traditional media to embrace data-driven journalism and in Afghanistan, Nai, a media development organization, created a map of attacks against journalists.

Big Data
Why Building A Distributed Data Supply Chain Is More Important Than Big Data
Dan Woods, in this Forbes post, says the era of the massive data warehouse is coming to an end and the era of a distributed data supply chain is just beginning. He says the goal should not be to create one big factory that can handle any data set and that organisations should instead seek to create an extended supply chain that accepts data from a wide variety of sources through both internal and external processes. According to him, Big data analysis will become a product, quality of data is more important than quantity and having data that matters is more important than the size of data sets. In addition, he says the number and value of external data sets will rise and companies need to focus their efforts but also broaden their data use. He also provides a list of enabling technologies.