Open data is the bedrock foundation on top of which civic technology is built – not just because it is one of the most important raw materials used to build civic apps, but because it represents a willingness on the part of government to collaborate. Governments that embrace open data send a strong signal to the community that they are interested in new ideas and open to establishing partnerships with new allies.
Open Science “brings together the community of researchers to define an envelope of experiments that will be conducted and analyzed, leveraging modern high content analytics in the life and physical sciences”, said Marshall Porterfield, NASA’s Director of Space Life and Physical Sciences at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “The resulting data from that envelope of experiments will then be used to create experimental informatics libraries that will support many more investigators and funded ISS-derived research. What that does is, it converts what would be normally a single PI [Principal Investigator] research opportunity into multiple PI research opportunities now and into the future”.
UK announced the launch of the UK Data Service blog: The Data Impact Blog, which is a hub for academics, communities, policy-makers, government and anyone interested in maximising the impact of social, population and economic data in research and policy.
Some companies really get big data. Not only do they realise size matters – they understand you also have to know what to do with it. Here’s a list of seven companies I think are at the top of the game, when it comes to cutting-edge use of data to strategically achieve business goal: General Electric, IBM, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Cloudera, Kaggle.