MIT agrees with us

Open Data: MIT (Press) agrees with us

Next week, so we have been told, Cabinet Office will publish a government definition of what it considers to be an open standard and policy regarding its use in government IT.

Over a year ago Cabinet Office its consultation on open data.

In our response we argued:

Having considered the underpinning process, apparently relevant related government policies and other potentially relevant but seemingly unaddressed material in our response we expressed concern that the consultation is fundamentally flawed from the outset.

We considered the definition of open data to be deficient as it depended upon a non-existent no government definition of an open standard.

We’re in good company

In a guest blog post on MIP Press Open Standards Are Critical to Underpin Open Data by Brian Fitzgerald, co-author of Adopting Open Source Software: A Practical Guide wrote:

One issue that surprises me, however, is that for all the great awareness and understanding of open source software and its complexities, there seems to be no corresponding general awareness or interest in open standards. The latter are key to ensuring the future of open source software. They ensure that open source solutions can always be available to match proprietary ones. Open standards are also critical to underpin open data, which is a really exciting frontier for the future.

As we said last August…

— Gerry Gavigan, Chair, 25 October 2012

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