Some considerations on Open data
Based on our open data implementation experience, we have come to the following conclusions that we would like to share:
- On prioritizing open data sources, we should always try to get as close to the original source as possible, since aggregating data takes time (reduces novelty) and skews the results by generalizing and harmonizing (reduces veracity)
- Being extra cautious on the liability when using open data, since the disclaimers transfer all responsibility to us as an user and we must balance the benefit against the risk
- There are still significant differences in privacy laws throughout the EU member states and different amounts of disclosure should be observed
- The hidden costs of using different open datasets should not be neglected and should be evaluated in advance
Open data is not uniformly applicable to all economic fields and should be implemented more conservatively in those with higher risks
What are your considerations?