If who are excited about the prospect of open data, but frustrated by its execution (or just one of those people who complain that data doesn’t change anything), the government are inviting comments on what shape the Public Data Corporation should take.
It’s a refreshingly simple execution: a WordPress blog with each question as a separate blog post – presumably it cost a lot less than £300,000. But of course the questions are theirs, and they are:
1. Which public sector datasets do you currently make use of?
2. How easy is it to find out what datasets are held by public sector organisations?
3. How do you, or would you, decide whether a dataset has value for you or for your organisation? What affects how valuable they are, for example timeliness, granularity, format?
4. Which datasets are of most value to you or your organisation? Why?
5. What methods of access to datasets would most benefit you or your organisation?
6. What gets in the way of you or your organisation accessing datasets or data products?
7. What are the most exciting applications of datasets or data products you are aware of – here or internationally? We are, again, particularly interested in the following areas: registration activities, environmental science, critical infrastructure and the built environment.
8. Are there any datasets or products you’d like to see generated? How would you or your organisation use them, and what social or economic benefits do you think they would deliver?
9. From your perspective, what would success look like for the Public Data Corporation?
10. Have we got the name for this organisation right? Do you have any suggestions on naming that might better convey our aims?
It’s a shame that there isn’t any space for more open discussion – and that so many of the questions resemble market research. But still, the more journalists who pile in – the more justifiably we can moan later. So go ahead.
Post your responses here.