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On opening up data

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 by Thomas L

This (in Norwegian) is a very intriguing article about Avinor, the company that owns and runs Norway’s 46 public airports, and their releasing of flight data to third parties. The data is openly exposed in xml format for anyone to use.

The article describes three implications of opening the data:

  • Better data quality through the eyes of many reviewers (i.e. the public)
  • Collective innovation - services are created using the public data
  • The opinion of Avinor in the public eye is increased

I like this process a lot. The more public data, the more innovation and services for us in the public.

Has Luftfartsverket (the Swedish equivalent) released their flight data? If not, go ahead and take the plunge!

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