Open Data

5 reasons why good governments should embrace open data

City of Palo Alto CIO Jonathan Reichental came on the Structure Show podcast this week and talked about the promise of open government data. However, he cautioned, we’re a long way from where we need to be — and end that will require governments to change, too.

Open transport data in Germany? Not if you’re not Google

Germany’s state-owned rail company has threatened a developer with legal action for publishing its timetables and station coordinates – data it’s handed over to Google in an exclusive deal. The developer says he’s just trying to keep the public informed.

Why Europe is opening up its cultural history online

Moves to allow the digitization of ‘orphan works’ and free up the metadata around 20 million cultural objects will benefit the public and could inspire a new wave of apps and web services. But the underlying motivation is fundamentally political.

Junar gets $1.2M to make open data more useful

As more “open data” comes online, finding the right data, managing its access and workflow, and fostering collaboration, is the problem startup Junar wants to attack with its new Open Data Platform. Customers can try it out for free, starting now.

In social data, a fight between science and privacy

According to some researchers, web companies such as Google, Amazon and Facebook are doing the research world a disservice because they won’t make their datasets available for peer review. These researchers have a point, but privacy concerns might always trump openness where openness matters at all.

Factual Nabs $25 Million to Push Open Data

Factual, an open data start-up built by Applied Semantics co-founder Gil Elbaz, has raised $25 million in first-round funding to expand its data API service. The company is trying to build a platform for open data that developers can tap to power their applications.

Can Open Source Be Saved From Itself?

Open source is losing relevance as a standalone business strategy, but makes a great deal of sense as part of a larger strategy built on open data, open APIs, and more. Those still fixated on licensing are missing the point, not to mention big revenue opportunities.