An Insight into Open Data

April 24, 2015 | By | Reply More

Open data files

By Dave

Information that is free of cost, easily accessible, consistent and that can be used again

is commonly referred to as open data. Your firm has the option of opening data to the

public although there are some minus points regarding this. Let us examine the

problems, hurdles and other important aspects that we need to consider before opening

data.

Financial Support – There are quite a number of firms who are of the opinion that they

may lose their financial support if their data is opened as all their weaknesses and level

of success is made open to everyone. Although there is a chance that this might

happen, there is also a risk that the firm stands chances of losing its long term financial

support if its data remains closed.

Losing Your Privacy – There are many organizations that need to maintain their

confidentiality as their data may be centered on very sensitive issues. If this is the case

it would be advisable to ensure that strict privacy on such issues is maintained while

opening your data to the public. If you feel this is impossible, it would be better not to

open your data at all.

Check out Its Impact – Make sure that opening your data will have a positive impact

on your firm before doing so.

The Right Kind of Technology- The question about whether your firm is equipped with

the right kind of technology to facilitate opening your data should also be considered.  

Invariably this hurdle is not really significant as majority of the new generation

technology is tailor made to suit a firm’s requirements.

The next issue is how opening data is done. The below mentioned steps will help you to

an extent.

1. Posting the files that require to be downloaded from your firm’s site

2. Making use of public cloud servers including drop box, Microsoft sky drive and

the like

3. Utilizing an API and a port that is automated that will provide restricted access to

your information

4. Join hands with a community that specializes in supplying you with a means for

distribution of data.

5. Make sure that you weigh the pros and cons before opening data as a wrong decision

may prove to be irreversible in future.

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