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Open Data Can and Will Shift the Power Balance

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 21, 2014  |  3 Comments

The recent case of two students at Yale, who used university data to build a web site that allowed students to plan their schedules while comparing class evaluations and teacher ratings for the past three semesters. shows that unintended uses of data can have a profound impact on organizations, both in the private and in public […]


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There Is More To The US Open Data Policy Than Meets The Eye

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 10, 2013  |  5 Comments

On May 9, after a longer-than-expected preparation, the Open Data Policy announced as part of the US Digital Government Strategy has been issued together with an executive order signed by President Obama about Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information. As one reads the order, browses through the first few pages […]


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Is Open Data Just Nice To Have When Times Are Tough?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 4, 2013  |  2 Comments

Earlier today I was being briefed by a major vendor about their public sector offering. This vendor provides – among other things – content management solutions. In passing, I asked whether they plan to add support for open data creation, management, mash-up, but they answered that they are seeing less demand for this than just […]


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by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 30, 2013  |  4 Comments

Those who happen to read my blog know that I am rather cynical about many enthusiastic pronouncements around open data. One of the points I keep banging on is that the most common perspective is that open data is just something that governments ought to publish for businesses and citizens to use it. This perspective […]


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Open Data Is Not for Sprinters

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 20, 2012  |  8 Comments

I read yesterday on Computerworld UK that UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s special envoy on the UN’s post-2015 development goals has said that he is ‘disappointed’ by how much the government’s open datasets have been used so far. I wonder how this can be a surprise. Despite the efforts of so many governments, advocacy groups, […]


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How Open Data Can Both Be Important and Become Irrelevant

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 11, 2012  |  7 Comments

In his relentless campaign for the importance of open data, Alex Howard published an interesting article where he mentions a recent press release by Gartner that highlights the “big data makes organization smarter, but open data makes the richer”. The press release is based on a research note by my colleague David Newman (subscription required), […]


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The Unbearable Lightness of Openness

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 4, 2012  |  2 Comments

Over the last ten years I have come across countless consultants and advisors to government and the broader public sector who have been asserting the unquestionable benefits of anything preceded by the term “open”. Open standards, open source, open data, open government, open innovation, and so forth. Those who are younger in the business may […]


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Another Lovely Debate about Open Data: Could We Get Some Value Now, Please?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 20, 2011  |  Comments Off

On December 13 Fast Company’s blogger Hana Schank posted about the New York’s Digital Deficiency, providing some evidence that open data application contests, which are being used big time and with some media coverage in NY, do not work as well as many claim. Alex Howard, one of the most prolific and accurate bloggers when […]

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Open Data and Application Contests: Government 2.0 at the Peak of Inflated Expectations

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 22, 2009  |  26 Comments

Government 2.0 is rapidly reaching what we at Gartner call the peak of inflated expectations. This is the highest point in the diagram called “hype cycle”, which constitutes one of our most famous branded deliverables to our clients and that often feature on the press. Almost all technologies and technology-driven phenomena go through this point, […]


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by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 22, 2009  |  3 Comments

With a lot of anticipation,, the “one-stop repository of government information and tools to make that information useful” (as defined in the relevant White House announcement) has been launched on May 21st. As one may expect, there are still few data sets, but the approach is quite clear. Data are provided in raw form […]


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