Public Open Data: The Good, the Bad, the Future

Camille Crittenden | PBS | September 4, 2013

New technology tools, combined with raised expectations among voters and stakeholders for government transparency, have sparked a movement toward “open government.” Championed by advocacy organizations and a few high-profile elected officials, the trend seeks to promote greater accountability and responsiveness for the systems of representative democracy. An area of particular opportunity — as well as potential concern — is the growing cache of large datasets of public information now available on the Internet.

...Datasets from many corners of government are coming online: public health and demographic information, business licenses and property ownership, campaign contributions and expenditures, crime reports, school test scores, and much more.

The White House under the Obama administration has been a leader in its approach to transparency and launched the website in 2009. To date, nearly 100,000 datasets are available on the site. Other countries soon followed: the U.K., Kenya, Brazil, India and more than 30 other countries have created portals for public data. The European Union Open Data Portal offers more than 6,000 datasets from its member countries. International organizations from the UN to the World Bank add their own repositories to the surfeit of online information. The trend is growing also at the state and local level...

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