Andrea Di Maio has written an interesting response to Alexander Howard’s recent article, Here Comes the Data Economy. Di Maio writes, “In his relentless campaign for the importance of open data, Alex Howard published an interesting article where he mentions a recent press release by Gartner that highlights the ‘big data makes organization smarter, but open data makes the richer.’ The press release is based on a research note by my colleague David Newman (subscription required), which looks at the role of open data across industry sectors and rightly points to some of the great examples from the public sector. As I have always sounded like a skeptic on open data, and certainly so in my conversations with Alex, I think it is important to make a clarification.”

He continues, “We all agree that open data is important and it has the potential to fuel existing industry sectors as well as possibly create entirely new industries. Examples abound already in government and Alex as well as several others have diligently tracked them over time. David’s call is meant to stimulate private sector companies the benefits that they would get from both providing and leveraging open data. Where Gartner government research takes a more cautionary attitude is on the fact that open data initiatives have been around for a while.” Read more here.

Joel Natividad, a speaker at next month’s SemTechBiz NYC, commented, “We should give more credit to government visionaries and technocrats who have been championing Open Data. It’s still early days and I sincerely hope that they don’t apply quarter-to-quarter thinking in laying down the foundation for Gov 2.0… That’s why I’m glad that in NYC, its recently passed Open Data Law mandates each agency to publish data. Granted, there are provisions in the law that agencies can invoke to NOT publish data, but the default position is open, and the burden of proof is on the agency to demonstrate why it cannot share its data. Sometimes, compliance is the only way. Perhaps, other Gov 2.0 advocates should follow NYC’s lead and push for Open Data laws that cement the mandate rather than making the case on an agency-by-agency basis.”

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