State agencies will operate under a regime of “open by default” for data sets under a policy issued by the New South Wales government this morning.
A man walks into a reading room, hands over his iPad and says “Hi, my name is Jake and I’ve built this”.
Could you get a better reason for making your data available? The National Library of Australia’s sheet music dataset was lying unused for months when a punter walked into the library to show an app he built from the data, without any assistance or input from the library.
"Everybody is searching for bigger and bigger data: how about this? A comprehensive list of every event in human history.”
Even though this isn’t library data, it’s the sort of thing that libraries might be interested in; if for no other reason than it could be a fantastic resource for reference librarians.
More information is available on The Guardian’s Data Blog.