Popular Science have recently published three pieces of speculative fiction exploring the question of "will 'we the people' benefit from our data?". They're called "Shared data", "The Memory of Tomatoes" and "Home@Heart". Each of the pieces of fiction is followed up a response from a policy expert. I read the first of these this morning. … Continue reading We need the right data institutions
This is another in a very occasional series of blog posts where I look at different data initiatives, institutions or infrastructure in order to understand a bit more about how they work. And then have opinions about them. Previously I wrote about Common Voice. This time I'm looking at Swash which describes itself as "reimagining … Continue reading What is Swash and is it really changing data ownership?
The Geospatial Commission have recently published some guidance on Designing Geospatial Data Portals. There's a useful overview in the accompanying blog post. It's good clear guidance that should help anyone building a data portal. It has tips for designing search interfaces, presenting results and dataset metadata. There's very little advice that is specifically relevant to … Continue reading Why are we still building portals?
Disclaimer: this blog post is about my understanding of the UK's smart meter data ecosystem and contains some opinions about how it might evolve. These do not in any way reflect those of Energy Sparks of which I am a trustee. This blog post is an introduction to the UK's smart meter data ecosystem. It … Continue reading The UK Smart Meter Data Ecosystem
This blog post is basically a mood board showing some examples of how people are mapping data ecosystems. I wanted to record a few examples and highlight some of the design decisions that goes into creating a map. A data ecosystem consists of data infrastructure, and the people, communities and organisations that benefit from the … Continue reading Examples of data ecosystem mapping
In 2021 I'm planning to spend some more time exploring different data ecosystems with an emphasis on understanding the flows of data within and between different data initiatives, the tools they use to collect and share data, and the role of collaborative maintenance and open standards. One project I've been looking at this week is … Continue reading The Common Voice data ecosystem
This is the latest in a series of posts in which I explore some basic questions about data. In our work at the ODI we have often been asked for advice about how best to publish data. When giving trying to give helpful advice, one thing I'm always mindful of is how the decisions about … Continue reading How do data publishing choices shape data ecosystems?
At Open Data Camp last month I pitched to run a session on mapping open data ecosystems. Happily quite a few people were interested in the topic, so we got together to try out the process and discuss the ideas. We ended up running the session according to my outline and a handout I'd prepared to … Continue reading Some tips for open data ecosystem mapping
I'm going to Open Data Camp #4 this weekend. I'm really looking forward to catching up with people and seeing what sessions will be running. I've been toying with a few session proposals of my own and thought I'd share an outline for this one to gauge interest and get some feedback. I'm calling the session: … Continue reading Open Data Camp Pitch: Mapping data ecosystems
Yesterday I wrote a post suggesting that we should move beyond publishers and consumers and recognise the presence of a wider variety of roles in the open data ecosystem. I suggested a taxonomy of roles as a starting point for discussion. In this post I wanted to explore how we can use that taxonomy to help … Continue reading Beyond Publishers and Consumers: Some Example Ecosystems