[Imports] presenting the case for open data to local government?

Dan S danstowell+osm at gmail.com
Sat Oct 12 14:22:49 UTC 2013


In addition to the angles that Serge mentions, I'd imagine that some
people would be most interested in an economic angle, showing that
open data improves the local economy.

This UK report estimates that the OS OpenData initiative will deliver
a net £13.0 million - £28.5 million increase in GDP in 2016. The main
components of this increase are net productivity gains (£8.1 million –
£18.2 million) and additional real tax revenues (£4.4 million – £8.3

This Danish report "documents that the free-of-charge agreement, as
anticipated, has been an important condition for realising
considerable social benefits of reusing public data on addresses":

The UK Open Data Institute has more info and links in this guide: "How
to make a business case for open data":

This presentation is about open-source not open-data, but shows that
openness can reduce costs over the lifetime of a service (stats quoted
include 10% saving in public sector, 44% in finance sector):


2013/10/12 Daniel Joseph <dan.b.joseph at gmail.com>:
> Hi everyone,
> I was wondering if anyone had experience conveying to local government all
> the reasons for opening up data. The city where I grew up has a clunky "GIS
> web portal" with which you can only view data. A neighboring city will
> provide data but their data release form includes the following: "The data
> is provided solely for the use of the requesting party and may not be made
> available to anyone else."
> I want to put together a succinct and well-documented argument that I can
> send along to a city council member/ mayor/ city manager/ etc.
> Anything you're willing to pass along (comments, suggestions, something
> you've written up, research, etc) would be much appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Dan
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