Wednesday, June 27, 2012

More please

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this lot before. Open New Zealand. A group primarily concerned with making data (primarily but not exclusively from government sources) easy to access. there is a wealth of data available but often difficult to track down. Every country, I think needs a resource like this. Data driven journalists are just beginning to discover this. Or more to the point, they've cottoned on to the fact that it's worth developing the skills to better get to grips with the data. And given the dire, dire state of our fourth estate, this is something we desperately need - not only the journalists with the skills to crunch the data, but the data opened up so that everyone can access it when they need to or have an inclination to. With out access to data, it is impossible to get an accurate picture of the larger world we live in.

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