Components Supporting the Open Data Exploitation
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Bigger Picture of Open Data

Open Data in Action

The COMSODE project has teached us all a lot. One of the surprises was, that its results focused on open data management are needed even more than we originally expected!

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Security concerns of Open Data publishing

The secusecurity-265130_1280rity considerations we would like to discuss in this blog post cover these two aspects:

  • securing the IT environment of the data publisher organisation
  • security (in the sense of „protection“) of the published data

Basis for security evaluation is finding that the data publication and subsequent interaction with the users who work with these data almost always lies in different security context than production data processing in the organization. Read More

Understanding Data Accessibility

While there are man2731067095_73f8f62020_zy interesting technical topics – eg. producing data linked to other data, automating datasets transformations, data quality assessment, data enrichment – for sure the crucial point is to make content of published datasets easily accessible to users.

In current practice there are two distinct methods how to facilitate access to the data:

  • batch access implemented by making available files with contents of dataset
  • query based access to selected parts of data available through application interface (APIs)

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Process of publishing the Open Data

1. Action Plan for publishing Open Dataopen govt

It is helpful to be aware that a number of steps need to be undertaken before the data is published (e.g. in Public Organizations). These include issues like:

  •  Mapping and understanding organizational processes (knowing what is going on, where data is produced, what the information flows are)
  • Understanding the technical requirements (IT infrastructure)
  • Understanding the related costs (e.g. costs required for hardware, human resources costs)
  • Prioritization (what data should be published first?)
  • Release schedule (what will be published when?)

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Legal Considerations of Open Data publishing

In a number of countries, access to information is a right guaranteed by the Constitution. openConstitutions often guarantee conflicting rights as well, such as the right to
privacy
, so these are sometimes in tension and have to be properly balanced. When it comes to government information, countries typically have Freedom of Information Acts (FOIAs) that regulate in more detail who can request information, who has the legal obligation to provide it, under which circumstances, etc.

For instance in Slovakia, FOIA guarantees access to information to “everyone”: the citizenship or legal age are not a limitation, and neither is personhood. A foreigner, a child, or even a company can request information. However, FOIAs may not always regulate the electronic (digital) availability of data: Read More