Data for the Public Good

As we move into an era of unprecedented volumes of data and computing power, the benefits aren’t for business alone. Data can help citizens access government, hold it accountable and build new services to help themselves.

Simply making data available is not sufficient. The use of data for the public good is being driven by a distributed community of media, nonprofits, academics and civic advocates.

This report from O’Reilly Radar highlights the principles of data in the public good, and surveys areas where data is already being used to great effect, covering:

  • Consumer finance
  • Transit data
  • Government transparency
  • Data journalism
  • Aid and development
  • Crisis and emergency response
  • Healthcare

Table of Contents

  • From Healthcare to Finance to Emergency Response, Data Holds
  • Immense Potential to Help Citizens and Government
  • Financial Good
  • Transit Data as Economic Fuel
  • Transparency and Civic Goods
  • Principles for Data in the Public Good
  • The Case for Open Data
  • The Promise of Data Journalism
  • Open Aid and Development
  • Crisis Data and Emergency Response
  • Healthcare
  • What Lies Ahead
  • Public Data Is a Public Good

Book Details

  • Paperback: 22 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media (February 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449329713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449329716
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