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Does Open Data Really Empower Consumers?



“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

This memorable quote by the great English physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton defines his research philosophy. Newton believed that scientific progress can happen only if research by individual intellectuals is pooled together in a common pot for everyone to access and take it further.

While a strong case has existed for the use of open data, to empower common citizens, there have also been criticisms and concerns about this same concept.

Skeptics often wonder, for example, just how open data reaches the average citizen. The majority of internet users may not even be able to use the “machine-readable” open datasets governments and organizations provide. So, how is the average individual empowered? This is a valid concern.
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Matthew Olckers

Editor at Talan
Matthew's interests in innovation are in the financial services and education sectors. He joined the Talan Innovation team in September 2014, and focusses on the improvement of the user experience. Matthew is a Masters in Economics student at Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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