The potential benefits of re-using open government data responsibly


/ March 4, 2015

The European Public Sector Information Platform has published a report on re-using open government data responsibly:

Organizations and individuals have usually put the burden of mitigating risks on governments’ shoulders, pressuring them to release data that already carries no potential privacy or security dangers….[but] there is now an increasing understanding about duties and responsibilities related to open government data re-use.

It argues that, for organisations seeking to re-use government data:

having a moral responsibility to protect rights of others can make governments trust re-users more and make the release of data quicker.

re-useThe report refers to many of the different resources being developed by participants in the Responsible Data Forum – it’s great to see different organisations making use of them. Have you used any of them in your work? Are there any resources missing that you need? Let us know in the comments, or join the discussion list.

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Tom started out writing and editing for newspapers, consultancies and think tanks on topics including politics and corruption in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, then moved into designing and managing election-related projects in countries including Myanmar, Bangladesh, Rwanda and Bolivia. After getting interested in what data and technology could add in those areas and elsewhere, he made a beeline for The Engine Room. Tom is trying to read all of the Internet, but mostly spends his time picking out useful resources and trends for organisations using technology in their work.

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