Open Data Everywhere: Share Your Stories
By antonio romero on Mar 08, 2010
While this blog usually sticks to narrow topics around OWB (and OWB 11.2 gives us a lot to talk about), it’s worth raising our heads once in a while to look at larger, longer-term DI trends and factors. One that will matter more and more is the widespread availability of various government and scientific data sets in a variety of forms online.
At present, a lot of what’s enabled by this is public interest work of one kind or another, as described in this great TED talk by Tim Berners-Lee. But the commercial possibilities should be significant as well.
Google today also introduced their Public Data Explorer, to make raw public data sets more accessible for casual browsing, so this is definitely part of the zeitgeist.
Much of this data can be had as flat files or XML files, so loading it into Oracle with OWB for further crunching should be no problem, and in most cases, it is free and freely available. So any company with sense and vision would have someone looking at how to mash up these new, free sources with whatever they’re working on in-house.
If you are experimenting with some of the new open, public data sets, whether with Oracle or other tools, or if you just think this stuff is cool to think about, come post your experiences on the OWB Linkedin group.