This week in open data: Nearing the tipping point of open data?
There’s a great conversation going on right now about using open data to alleviate poverty on the World Bank’s Striking Poverty Blog. The conversation so far has delved into whether open data helps citizens (directly or indirectly), as well as the difference between private data, public data, and borderline data. On the Africa Can… End World Poverty Blog, Wolfgang Fengler stated his belief that the tipping point will soon be reached when the amount of data and technology available will exponentially benefit those living in poor countries, focusing on how simply getting country GDP and poverty rates should take mere weeks instead of years in the future. If we are as near the tipping point as he suggests, then we are at a pivotal point where we can guide where and how it falls. Let’s make it comprehensive, let’s make it usable, let’s do it right.