Public and Private Sector Hybrid Data Marketplaces

Public and Private Sector Hybrid Data Marketplaces

I have seen a number of incarnations when it comes to making public data available on the Internet, from startup implementations like earlier InfoChimps, U.S. Federal Government efforts like, and Socrata. Recently, Andrew Nicklin (@technickle), the Director of Data Practices at the Center for Government Excellence at Johns Hopkins University pointed out a version I haven’t come across yet, the public/private sector hybrid:

"Publicly-operated data markets. This is an extremely interesting approach, because it provides a few other benefits beyond making government data accessible. With this approach, a government offers a public data market as a platform on which it and third-parties make a variety of data available, some for free and some at a premium. Because they are operating it, the government gains the ability to apply taxes or fees to data-access transactions (and this could be through any or all of the models suggested above), but it also gets an opportunity to regulate the market itself by establishing ground rules to protect privacy, public interest, and so on. Smart Copenhagen appears to be moving in this direction, and Smart Dubai may evolve towards this as well. (These platforms also present the opportunity for revenue generation through advertising, even if it’s just advertising other datasets to their repeat customers.)"


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May 23, 2017 at 03:27PM


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