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Data, data everywhere in the news


Struggling to consider my blog topic this week, the problem being too many stories to choose from, I was struck by how many stories were about data.  Aha…a topic!

First, there were announcements of data sets, some from libraries and some not. What is interesting about these announcements is the diversity of scope.   Open Data is proliferating and new data sets are appearing daily.  A search of “open data” in Google News limiting to “past week” brings 31 pages of results.

There are also announcements of meta-search systems or portals, including the Open Science Framework Share portal, government initiatives (federal, statewide (California, Texas), and even cities (data.AustinTexas.gov, NOLA), and international development.  I also saw a number of items about tools (data visualization, portal systems), conferences (Big Data Science, All Things Open), as well as training and development initiatives, like the Knight News Challenge to create open data training programs and integration of research data at the Purdue University Libraries, and the report on sustaining library-based research data repositories from OCLC Research.

Finally, Open Data in the news:

The timing of all this news is not surprising…Open Data Day is approaching (March 5th), after all.  Like hundreds of other institutions, UNT Libraries is planning its own Hackathon Day.  But even taking this into consideration, there appears to have been a great surge in the term “open data”.  It will be interesting to see how this trend changes over time.

 

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