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What even is a high value dataset?

Open data stickers, by Jonathan Gray

Open data stickers, by Jonathan Gray

The OKFN AU listserv is a mailing list for those who want to get involved in building communities around open knowledge and open data in Australia as a part of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s global network. It’s a fantastic place to learn more about open data in Australia, connect with others working in the area, and ask questions.

Recently I put a question to the list regarding the notion of ‘high value datatsets’, and whether there were useful criteria or methodologies for their identification that they could point me to. Noting, as I felt it was important to do, the difficulty in trying to establish a normative measure of something that is inherently a subjective matter (of value to whom? in what terms?). (more…)