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5/12/2014 | 6:35:11 PM
Re: So Over Rated...this is big news for media not consumers..
I appreciate your points, and concede, I do not make my living writing software. So yes, there's a certain disconnect between the promises and the reality. I'd just say that for a long time, the reality has been the government refused to make its data available and it's a noteworthy to see leaders not only in the US, but in countries all over the world grasp why making it available is a good thing.
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5/12/2014 | 5:56:40 PM
Re: So Over Rated...this is big news for media not consumers..
MedicalQuack, I might offer another example then for consumers and farmers: Farmers pay a lot for premiums for crop insurance (its actually in the event of bad weather.) But as much as 20% of crop insurance pay out is for fraudulent claims.  That's huge (compared to 1-2% for property insurance fraud). So if you could reduce the fraud, and reduce the premiums, that would help farmers, and consumers. Analyts looking at FSA and NASA open government data and satellite images can now detect fraudulent crop claims in the making.  Don't know about  you, but as a taxpayer, and a food buyer, I think that's a good thing.

 
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5/12/2014 | 5:18:10 PM
Re: So Over Rated...this is big news for media not consumers..
Medical Quack, sorry for the data overload.  And you're probably right, while consumers do benefit from weather, GPS and some medical data (ie i-Triage), this development probably isn't of much relevance to consumers, but it may to business folks and it does to our Government IT readers.  To that point, I would ask: So was the sale of the Climate Corporation to Monsanto, for nearly $1 billion last year, which directly benefits from open government data policies like this, just another piece of meaningless news?

 
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5/12/2014 | 3:32:37 PM
Incremental step
On its own, the US Government's action plans to advance Open Data don't look particularly agressive or forward thinking.  Getting feedback from data users seems like a no brainer. But in the context of where governments, including the US Government has been - e.g. from a culture of need-to-know, to a need-to-share culture - on top of the mandate to make government data open and machine readable by default, these plans are necessary, albeit incremental, step in the right direction.

 


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