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

Serge Wroclawski emacsen at gmail.com
Sat Oct 12 14:25:40 UTC 2013

The reason I didn't bring up Dan's argument (though I love Dan's
evidence) is that "cost recovery" is often a term used. So someone
might ask "Where's our cost recovery?"

So for the economic argument, you need to talk to the mayor or others,
rather than the GIS department.

- Serge

On Sat, Oct 12, 2013 at 10:22 AM, Dan S <danstowell+osm at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> 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
> million):
> https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ordnance-survey-open-data-economic-value-study
> 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":
> http://www.adresse-info.dk/Portals/2/Benefit/Value_Assessment_Danish_Address_Data_UK_2010-07-07b.pdf
> The UK Open Data Institute has more info and links in this guide: "How
> to make a business case for open data":
> http://theodi.org/guide/how-make-business-case-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):
> http://www.slideshare.net/cdaffara/economic-value-of-open-source-14861646
> Best
> Dan
> 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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