So I went back home, thinking about how I failed to explain open data to my parents, and thinking about a way to make it up.
Why Open up Data?
2. Open Data is a lever of economic development.
- By making the material of digital developments and innovations available to all, it sustains innovation, and we all know how important innovation is for economic development.
- It encourages all kinds of research - in universities, labs, observatories, think tanks…
- it favors the emergence of new applications (in a very broad sense, not only on the Apple AppStore), especially in a more and more digital economy.
What's the opportunity?
Open Data opens up a wide range of original applications and surprising results by offering the opportunity to cross different sets of data, to visualize it, to mine it, to aggregate it… (a statistician's dream!). The truth is that no matter what numbers they give you, nobody is able to predict the impact Open models can have, because new services are going to pop out of it, and new services from these services, and so on. The open economy is an opportunity by itself. People are running businesses on Open stuff (Open Source, Open Licences, and Open Data… it's all part of the same game) and the model is spreading.
At faberNovel, we believe in OpenData. We work with the French Governement and its OpenData division Etalab, read more.