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Ex-Post Crowdsourcing as a Defensive Social Media Tactic

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 30, 2013

Crowdsourcing can be an effective means to tap into the so-called “wisdom of the crowd” to solve complex problems, stimulate innovation, slash the cost of research, encourage collaboration across organizational boundaries. Examples like Innocentive or IdeaScalev come to mind, but there are plenty of areas where crowdsourcing can help. Usually it is applied ex-ante: when […]

Read more » From Open Data Provider to Open Data Hub

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 30, 2013

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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Sometimes I Wish I Were A Luddite

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 28, 2013

For anybody who has been watching the evolution of consumer technology, it is quite clear how devices are becoming obsolescent much sooner than in past years. My parents used the same fridge for over 30 years and the same TV set for almost 20, and my hi-fi has been serving me well for over 20 […]

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Government IT Cost Containment at an Inflection Point

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 25, 2013

Government organizations around the world have been on a continuous path toward greater IT efficiency as a result of overall spending cuts and budget reductions driven by the economic and financial situation in most of the developed world. An excellent report recently published by the UK National Audit Office shows that recipes for IT cost […]

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Could Governments Run Out of Patience with Open Data?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  January 15, 2013

Yesterday I had yet another client conversation – this time with a mid-size municipality in the north of Europe – on the topic  of the economic value generated through open data. The problem we discussed is the same I highlighted in a post last year: nobody argues the potential long term value of open data […]

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