Discussion » Open Data - do we have more to gain or lose?
There were a lot of discussions about the benefits to data sharing amongst national ministries and agencies, and even regional partners, but at what cost? Do ministries/agencies lose their ability to maintain the quality of the data being shared? What are the benefits of data sharing and the value to GIS practicioners and decision makers?
If we share data, what do we expect in return?
Do ministries/agencies lose their ability to maintain the quality of the data being shared?
Ministries/agencies have the responsibility of updating and maintaining their own datasets and therefore should not lose the ability of maintaining the quality of the data that is being shared.
In a common sharing process, data flows from the source (ministry/agency) to all requesting users. In some cases the data cannot be used as received and needs to be modified by the user to meet their project’s specific demands. This in turn, will create a temporary or a new dataset for internal use.
This newly created data, if it is to be considered for sharing in the future, could only be done so, after being accepted by the national depository of GIS data in the country of origin, who will ensure the dataset complies with local standards, follows the protocols, and has passed QC.
Only at that point would the new data be in condition for sharing.