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Raw-data-now

From: Antti Poikola <antti.poikola@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2010 13:38:54 +0200
Message-ID: <4B5ADFCE.8000107@googlemail.com>
To: Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray@okfn.org>
CC: george@thomas.name, Ed Summers <ehs@pobox.com>, Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>, public-egov-ig@w3.org
Thanks for the great summary,

But why the TED-talk is infamous?
> Sir Tim Berners-Lee attributes the
> 'raw data now meme' to the OKF's Rufus Pollock in his (now infamous)
> TED talk from February 2009:
>
>   http://www.w3.org/2009/Talks/0204-ted-tbl/#(34)
>   http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_berners_lee_on_the_next_web.html
>   http://blog.okfn.org/2007/11/07/give-us-the-data-raw-and-give-it-to-us-now/
>   

I'm especially interested in the "human engineering" side, how did you 
convince people to follow the raw-data-now ideology. In Finland many 
public sector IT-managers tell me, that there is no way that the data in 
raw form would be usable for developers, since there is so much missing 
context information if they let say just publish the different 
SQL-tables in XML-form. Harmonised inromation architecture is what they 
tell me will solve the problems, but it takes years to find a common 
understanding of the unified metadata and XML-schemes between different 
organizations.

I believe that there should be some pragmatic way to publish raw data at 
the same time while continuing to develope the information architecture. 
How this should be communicated to the managers of different public offices?
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