Unlocking Big Government Data: Whose Job Is It?
Privately owned data, such as tweets and Facebook posts, aren’t under government control, so we can expect the owners of that data to make it available–but at a price, and only to select partners. That is, probably not you. In contrast, most large government datasets are open to anybody via Freedom of Information Act requests, often at a nominal processing cost.
The problem with public data is that it can be an excruciating exercise to actually GET it. Exceptions include Data.gov on the federal level and Open Data Philly on the city level. But in most cases it’s a painful process for both government workers and the requester because the workers don’t have the automated processes to categorize and extract the open data (for example, business license data) and leave out the closed data (for example, social security numbers).
via Unlocking Big Government Data: Whose Job Is It? – Global-cio –.