News 18th July 2013

Public views on open data: Sciencewise social intelligence report

by Tim Hughes

Tim is coordinator of the UK Open Government Network.

Sciencewise-ERC – the UK’s national centre for public dialogue in policy making involving science and technology issues – has published a review of public views on the topic of open data over the past five years, available here: http://www.sciencewise-erc.org.uk/cms/public-views-on-open-data/

Here’s the executive summary:

The report provides an analysis of key messages and trends; and gives an overview of possible gaps in current knowledge about what the public think of open data and why. Open data means information available “for anyone to use, for any purpose, at no cost” . While some would exclude ‘personal’ from the strict definition of open data, this report covers non-personal and personal data, largely because of the focus of public engagement and public concerns found in the source material. Therefore, the topic of data sharing is also covered to a certain extent in this report.

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