How Open Data Helped Save My Life

Information Revelation

Open data helped save my life… but how?

First, I’d like to turn your attention to a wonderful and informative TED video from 2010 called The year open data went worldwidepresented by Tim Berners-Lee. I embedded the video here:

Berners-Lee talks about the wonders of open data when it is accessible to all. It creates a new level of information transparency that allows users to use or create information in different ways. What I really like about this was the idea of community generated data, which was exemplified through the wiki-map program – OPEN STREET MAP. Information gathering programs like Open Street Map work towards using information as a way to help other people in real time. Berners-Lee uses the earthquake in Haiti in 2009 as an example of how the open data network gave access to users around the world to help re-map Port-au-Prince, locate information…

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