It is about social data, not social media

Maybe a little on the copious amounts of social data that I wrote about in the last post: the quality of that data will be of a lot more significance than the quantity. The public sector, more specifically the government, will have an important role to play as the data provider… but what are standards for accessibility of the data and for the data itself? How is this data being created and stored?

Working for a large public university I see these challenges at work daily – too often data is created in silos to be access at the unit level… creating standards for new data and converting existing data to those new standards will be crucial to making it feasible for the private sector to jump in and create end user apps that take the data and convert it into user-centric information.

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