Is “open data” internationally accelerating ?

The world of ‘Open data’ is not just an issue being hotly debated across the international stage but it seems to be accelerating.

In just the last month there has been…

http://www.libereurope.eu/news/libraries-have-a-role-to-play-is-a-clear-message-from-the-e-infrastructures-for-open-science-wo from Rome

http://www.slideshare.net/laura_Cz/open-everything-exploring-open-in-higher-education from South Africa

http://www.globalimpactstudy.org/2012/04/open-data-open-research-discussion-at-ictd-2012/ in the US

http://blog.finnish-institute.org.uk/2012/03/our-new-research-on-open-data-argues.html from Finland

as well as the major news about the Welcome Trust http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/apr/10/government-backs-research-results-public?newsfeed=true

What does all this mean ?

Perhaps it’s too early to say that there is a definite pattern but I would contend that the debate is maturing rapidly and it’s certainly an exciting time to be involved in this area. Especially when you don’t have to be a large organisation to have a voice, as demonstrated by the always entertaining (and informative) http://cameronneylon.net/