It's time to talk more vociferously about open data.
A better headline for this piece would be: why open data is not an overnight
sensation or indeed a turn of a dial or a flick of a switch, i.e., it is not
something automatically achieved without some kind of longer term strategic
drive, which, in itself, typically needs to be driven by a defined longer
term strategic need.
Back to basics
The Open Data Handbook defines open data as that information that can be
freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to
the requirement to attribute and share alike.
Why is open data not as simple as flicking a switch?
Availability and access
Availability and access are crucial elements of open data and this means
making information accessible at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost.
These days that usually means via a web-based (or you may wish ... (more)
The Deeper Dive CIO in a Turbulent Technology Ocean
It's not hard to feel sorry for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) - the
levels at which they need to operate change all the time... and depth and
granularity of the dataflows that present themselves change all the time.
Just when we thought we had the whole client-server model worked out, along
came the Internet and cloud and the data center.
Just when the cloud computing model of service-based application processing
and storage virtualization had started to bed in, we found containers,
microservices and their associate technolog... (more)
Does Web Masking Kill Open Data?
Do the ‘darker' channels and means that exist for searching the web in
anonymity ultimately spell doom for the wider march towards open data?
So-called ‘open data' is supposed to be an instrument for breaking down
information gaps across industries and letting companies share benchmarks and
best practices that raise productivity - all information should be open and
that should (theoretically) include granular data such as logs and users'
usage of websites (within the boundaries set by reasonable privacy concerns)
and so on.
But a team of universi... (more)
With the advent (or surge in popularity) of cloud computing, our use of the
so-called ‘computer operating system' is coming into question.
Given that the cloud exists on the back end to drive power to our
‘endpoint' devices (in whatever form they may be) today, the way those
devices handle the user experience comes down to the user interface almost as
much as it does the operating system, or so the argument goes.
A well-known operating system
That being said, we are of course on the cusp of a well-known software firm
being about to release its new operating system and it will come ... (more)
The Business World Changed, Didn't You Get The Memo?
It's enough to drive a regular IT market watcher to the point of despair.
There has been a wide-ranging change in the way business operates driven by
technology-driven transformation - could there ever be a more obvious
statement to make, ever?
The problem is how does it all work?
The problem is how does all the data connect?
The problem is which technology base and platform does a firm build its own
IT stack up from?
The problem is do we know why we are doing any of this in the first place?
Old school traditionalists