Later this month I’m going to be attending Kent County Council’s Developing Solutions Camp, and earlier today, I posted a guest blog article on the Open Kent website as part of the build-up to the event.

Studies around open data often focus on the “armchair auditor”, and although these people do exist they are just a small contingent of those who could benefit from good open data. When considering the audience for open data we should also include consumers, businesses large and small, and decision makers in public and third sectors.

Except to true data nerds, data in its raw form isn’t really of much interest to anyone. Released datasets can often be too big to open in Excel, and can contain unfathomable codes or abbreviations. So, open data isn’t an end in itself: the true value still waits to be unlocked…

You can read the full article on the Open Kent blog.

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