Publishing #OpenData isn’t enough; it must come with enough explanation and context to be useful and understandable. “My concern is that over-information the new way of hiding information.” “The best way to combat disinformation is to demand context for all data, the “fact-checking journalism” promoted by sites like Gapminder or Open Knowledge. Visualizing.org strives to make sense of issues through data and design with a collection site where designers and all sorts of organizations can upload and share open data sets.”


With the amount of data we are generating, we should be thinking about information overload. What will it look like when we have 50 billion devices connected to the Internet and contributing to an already large the data set? Will we eventually be able to extract any useful information?

If big data is on course to transform business and society, then open data has a role to play to make sure information is accessible and shared. And as we make data open we also need to consider adding context.

Open data: evolution of hype

In addition to all of the technology advancements, our world is living another revolution where citizens are claiming more transparency — including over data. There is a growing interest in open data and content. The idea is not new: its definition according to opendefinition.org states that “a piece of data is open if anyone is free…

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