As Eaves writes, in essence, “the power of open data” is “the power to find problems in complicated environments, and possibly even to prevent them from emerging.”
See also Eaves’ three laws of open government data post:
- If it can’t be spidered or indexed, it doesn’t exist [i.e., can the data be found?].
- If it isn’t available in open and machine readable format, it can’t engage [i.e., to be useful, one needs to be able to play with the data].
- If a legal framework doesn’t allow it to be repurposed, it doesn’t empower [i.e., a legal framework is necessary to allow sharing of the data].