Macro-Trend Open Data

Macro-Trend: Open Data

Open Data describes the concept of making data and information open to the public - data which would otherwise remain locked away or only available to small groups. The movement politically encourages an attitude of open communication from government institutions, but also the revision of copyright and patenting laws to meet the demands of the new internet culture of free exchange. Other sectors also boast projects which lay open their data and knowledge or actively encourage participation. Examples of these exist in open platforms in many areas of scientific work, as well as traffic data primarily maintained by users. Open Data activists promote greater transparency and independent sources of information.


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