23 Oct '11, 1pm

Open Data is NOT about...presenting data in just one way to suit the government’s agenda.

Open Data is NOT about...presenting data in just one way to suit the government’s agenda.

Don’t laugh, but what you see above is very exciting; it should send a tingle down your spine. What the hell is it? It’s a dataset from a United States census of public library systems containing data elements that cover library service measures such as the number of uses of electronic resources, the number of Internet terminals available to the general public, reference transactions, interlibrary loans, circulation, library visits, children’s program attendance, and circulation of children’s materials. It also includes information on collection sizes, staffing, operating revenue and expenditures. And libraries are exciting? No, the data is exciting. It is an example of the US government releasing raw data to the public in machine-readable format. This allows civil society groups, or even single interested persons, to mine the data to discover significant information about...

Full article: http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/beyond-freed...

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