What Is Open Data 2.0?

August 19, 2013 8:00 am PST | Effective Governing

By Ian Kalin, Socrata Director of Open Data

Open data is more than a singular achievement. It regularly tranforms and evolves, just like the software used to deliver it. Each update adds new data, and each upgrade improves how people interact with that data.

Is your government using the latest version of open data?

Open Data 1.0

The first step toward a robust open data program is to liberate your data. For governments, this typically begins with a civic leader saying, “Get it out there.” The importance of this first step can not be overstated. Finding the services and cloud solutions, loading up the data, and making it readily available is a difficult process for many organizations. It is where most government open data programs begin.

Once this first effort is done, you’ve established a platform for transparency, making it easier for you to transport information to constituents and fuel to businesses. This is Open Data 1.0: the one-way publishing of data from government to the public.

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Open Data 2.0

The next version of open data encourages a two-way conversation. Citizen engagement – otherwise known as “customer feedback” – improves the quality of the data being published. It also has the natural effect of breaking down walls between government organizations and the local communities they serve.

Open data as a two-way conversation enables new types of activities, such as the development of government performance metrics, open budgeting, and organized citizen contributions to government projects. The result is that open data becomes a robust platform for improved democracy instead of just a web site to publish tables.

Are you ready for Open Data 2.0?


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