Last Thursday, the Edmonton Law Libraries Association welcomed Mark Diner, Chief Advisor, Open Government and Transparency, Service Alberta to give a presentation on Alberta’s Open Data initiative. Mark is best introduced with a blog post he wrote this summer about the, then new, Open Data Portal.
The Alberta Open Data initiative is supported by an Open Government Licence. Individuals are free to:
3.Copy, modify, publish, translate, adapt, distribute or otherwise use the Information in any medium, mode or format for any lawful purpose.
The idea of having access to data that would otherwise be costly (or impossible) to collect is fascinating. The tools and services that now have the potential of being built on mashups of government collected and shared data have incredible potential.
Proactive sharing of data is excellent and a very positive step. Turning data into usable information starts with understanding what is available and ensuring that people with transformational ideas can find and access it. There is a bunch of work to be done on the foundation of being able to successfully turn data into information. I am sure there are librarians across the country rubbing their hands with excitement to get started on making sure that open government data will become information.