After six days of the 2012 International Open Government Data Conference, which concluded last week, I and others are asking ourselves this question: Is there a business case for open government data?
Clearly, more needs to be done to spread what is working with open government data.
But when it comes to making a business case for open government data, there are at least three success models – or examples I am aware of:
- Statistical agencies that get regular funding because it is critical to governmental decisions such as establishing congressional districts;
- Intelligence agencies and the larger intelligence community that received a big budget increase for big data because of the need to find more needles in bigger haystacks;
- Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other big data users of online data that learned they needed a data science team with an information platform to grow their businesses.