Open Data

Tim Berners-Lee gives a fascinating TED 6 minute account of how the release of open data is allowing remarkable mash-ups around the world. It started with a call to action on TED last year called:  Raw Data Now!He shares some of the remarkable results linked to that.  When Geo Eye released current satellite imagery of Haiti,  the Open Street Map got to work to produce real-time maps of Haiti showing blocked roads, damaged buildings and refugee camps; and British Government data on cycle accidents allowed Times Online to create a street map showing the accident black-spots for cyclists across the UK. There are many more examples are highlighted. You can visit the raw data depositaries for UK and US at data.gov and data.gov.uk

You can see the video here, and as Tim Berners-Lee concludes:  ‘We are only just starting’. 

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