What is open data?


All data exists on a spectrum: it can be closed, shared or open. Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share.

More formally open data is defined at opendefintion.org.

You can learn more about open data at ODI Queensland. Their mission is to connect, equip and inspire Australians to innovate with data.


Open data has great opportunity; as your intro promo highlights. However, how do you get past the issues of open data versus privacy?
Open data, to be enriched, needs to be combined with other data sources. To combine data you typically need to identify cases. This now raises issues of privacy? The need for a third party to undertake the data merging? The issues of funding?
And, now with the Attorney-General George Brandis creating laws that make illegal ‘re-identifying de-identified government data’ (without authorization) combining such data just became harder (see http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/laws-to-tighten-privacy-after-data-breach/news-story/899c1785b4dfa326eb6fa633e71cfbcd). Who is the person giving the authorisation? How long will it take to get authorisation?

With the advent of ‘open data’ i sometimes feel that more doors are closing instead of opening …