Charities should embrace the opportunity of open data
Speaking at CFG’s IT conference on 20th March, Professor Nigel Shadbolt, chairman of the Open Data Institute, encouraged charities to adopt an open data approach.
Speaking at CFG’s IT conference on 20th March, Professor Nigel Shadbolt from the University of Southampton, and chairman of the Open Data Institute, encouraged charities to adopt an open data approach, as it opens up more opportunities.
He said that opening up data sets and sharing information could improve impact measurement, service provision, advocacy and campaigning. It will also allow charities to identify where improvements can be made. He spoke of a “very natural alliance between the charity sector and various developers of open data.”
Although he noted that open data is still in its early stages, he spoke of how publishing data openly can only be a positive thing for UK charities.
Shadbolt put forward three main principles of open data:
- Online accessibility
- Licenced for others to reuse it
- Published in an open machine-readable format
The Open Data Institute and CFG have collaborated to deliver an open data report which is due to be released towards the end of April.