Making Data Open is not Enough

In a followup blog posting over at the Washington Policy Blog, they cover again the public records law making it possible for Bell, California to take back their City from a City Council that had clearly been a bit too aggressive in their own compensation (understatement alert).

But near the end of the Blog post they mention the better system that the State of Oregon have put forward (as compared to our new home State here in Washington). 

It is a vital point.  I am intimately familiar with Microsoft’s efforts to help governments not just open up their data, but help to make it usable by everyone.  Citizens, developers, ISV’s and other governments need to be able to take advantage of this data easily.  It is not enough to have raw data dumps pushed out to the web.  We need to ensure that the data is in forms, formats and systems that make it easy to use, extend and improve.

Open Government Data

Open Government Data: Is making gov data available enough?

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