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Data should be easy to provide and share by non-ICT-skilled citizens

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Submitted by ocorcho on Tue, 2012-05-15 12:24

Most of the tools for data provision and sharing are still difficult to use by people who do not have a high-ICT profile, what keeps us still in a Web1.0-like context, with data providers being the ones that publish data sources and making it difficult for others with no data sources available but with willingness to collaborate in such publication.
I am not only talking about the long tail of citizens in general, but also about a range of professionals (e.g., journalists) who may find it useful to manage existing datasets in a better manner, doing cross-links between datasets, changing formats, sharing and tagging them, etc.
The provision of better tools for them, with appropriate provenance mechanisms to ensure proper acknowledgement and to ensure that trust and confidence measures can be obtained from the combination of data sources, is still something that needs to be worked out, in my opinion.

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Submitted by Engberg on Thu, 2012-05-17 13:18

You are forgetting two key aspects here - security and citizen/customer control.

Sharing pseudonymously and identified represent the biggest and most important choice to both market and democracy. If identifed (linkable/reconixable) then control shifts AWAY from citizen to someone else- even with the best of data regulation, this will not change or remedy the intial risk creation and power transfer.

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Submitted by ocorcho on Sat, 2012-05-19 16:01

Surely security is important and may be considered in some cases (probably not in all). But this does not prevent us (that is, it is orthogonal) from trying to provide tools that make it easy for lay users to provide data or contribute to existing data sources through curation processes, for instance.

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Submitted by Engberg on Sat, 2012-05-26 21:43

Yes - as long as they default can provide data WITHOUT making them linkable with other data related to the same person.

People need to retain ABSOLUT control with the ability to analyse cross-purpose on data about them. This of course include the ability to finegrained share and delegate such control through linking transactions.

E.g. to a commerical provider linking sessions into transactions and transactions into relations, but stiull without identifiying. In eHealth to provide her Doctor with all relevant data, but without surrendering the same contorl to any system that inherently would not be protectable.

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Submitted by conder on Sun, 2012-05-20 13:07

just noticed this tweet which looks very interesting! ‏@ton_zylstra
Want to dive deeper into data visualization for your #opendata project? Here's a gr8 list of tools to explore http://bit.ly/IPr6DG #apps4md
Retweeted by Andrew Stott

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Submitted by Engberg on Sat, 2012-05-26 21:46

Sure but "Linked data" is about giving data semantic meaning accross systems (which is good).

That is orthogonal from linking separate transactions with data related to the same citizen (which is bad as the citizen loose control)

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Submitted by Athina Trakas on Thu, 2012-05-31 17:58

In the geo-community accessibility to geo- and location _information_ to works quite well.
There are also many tools like web-portals (geo-portals, portals for cycling tracks etc.), that can be easily used by citizens.
In the background very often open standards of the OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium, like OGC Web Map Service (WMS)) do their job. Through these standards one can provide data but also overlay different data and provide information.
Anyone coming from the "geo-community"?

Bye, Athina

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Submitted by ocorcho on Fri, 2012-06-01 14:17

I agree, although one must admit that the usage of those standards by lay users is a difficult task. In any case, they can still create their own spreadsheets and use other systems to generate the corresponding data that can be made available through these standards.
People from our group with geo-experience will be there.

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