Sailing In Uncharted Waters: Why Global, Grassroots Communities are Able to Open Up New Datasets

Open-source, open data communities are able to surface unique datasets and convene powerful communities, but the their paths often lie in uncharted waters.

So why aren’t traditional organizations opening up some powerful datasets?

Apps, open data platforms harmonizing disparate data sources, and the originating data sources themselves are all key components of an effective open data pipeline that maximizes the utility of publicly-shared data for a variety of audiences. Understanding the distinct role of each piece of the pipeline is necessary to help build the most robust open data pipeline possible.

Then how is it possible for grassroots communities to make aggregate and harmonize open datasets?

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