Inculcating Better Open Data to seed Civil Society

Published: 25 May 2013

It's been quite some time since I last blogged.

After a year busying myself working at the BBC, I had finally been able to go through some of my research to-dos on open data. My interest in open data grew a lot after participating in the inaugural UP Singapore. I'd also realised (while mentoring at another UP hackathon) that open data often crosses domain boundaries, having met data scientists, visualizers, creatives and domain experts each contributing a different kind of perspective on the utilisation of open data, which makes it all the more interesting.

One of the most useful aspect of open data is its impact on civil society. I think regionally, governments and institutions that are making its data open are realising how open data helps in improving daily lives of people, whether its on their commute to work, improving their health and financial situation. I wrote a post about the value of open data in inculcating further civil society activities towards this end on Lentor's blog. I will also speak about this at the upcoming Malaysia Open Source Conference. Watch this space :)

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