I’m scheduled to make a presentation on open data to the Governance and Appeals Committee of the University of Prince Edward Island Board of Governors on Tuesday. The committee is interested in the same sort of “cook’s tour of open data” that I presented to many groups inside and outside of government over the last two years, and I was happy to oblige.
I’ve taken the opportunity to reconsider some of my earlier thinking, which has focused primarily on open data as a technical or logistical challenge — “PDFs are where data goes to die,” etc. – and to confront some of what might be called the “spiritual impediments” to open data: what is it about institutions that results in a less-than-full-throated embrace of open data, and is it worth pursuing an open data strategy until that can be considered and the reasons confronted?
Here’s the slide deck I’ll present from: