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ITWorld: Open Source is Great but We Really Need Open Data

Feb 20, 2003, 23:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean McGrath)

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"In your capacity as someone charged with performing data processing for your organization, your concern is what data goes in and what data comes out of the box. Your primary focus is that data. Do you care what goes on inside the box?

"I contend that although you may care what is inside the box, your primary concern is the data that goes in and out of the box. If you do not control that aspect of the data processing function you have a real problem. The problem is that you don't understand (and therefore don't really 'own') your own data. You can only interpreted it with recourse to some black box that interprets it for you. Not good. Shouldn't that issue take precedence in your mind over any desire to know what is inside the box?

"Which is more important to your business--that your data be 'open' or that your application programs be 'open'? I would suggest that the former is the case in the majority of businesses. And yet, we live in an age where open source--not open data--is the hot topic..."

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