This week, I did something that was certainly worth staying up late for, when I remotely took part in the data2con . I was not able to attend in person but the organisers certainly ticked the “greater accessibility” and interoperability box by having a live screen of the keynotes and main panel discussions. Why, you might ask, did I stay up till 1AM to watch data2con? I was interested in their take on the evolution of the web from static hyperlinked pages to the web of data. They focused on user-generated content; and they wanted to mark Data 2.0 as a conference that gave greater accessibility, interoperability, and 3rd-party usage of online data.
The conference described itself as one that: “focuses on how the web is becoming the new database, and how businesses can better analyse and monetize this information.”
This is a theme very much at the forefront of our minds at Kasabi HQ. It’s interesting because Kasabi is built on this very web of data from the outset. It’s also being designed for businesses to make money from their data and even explore the potential for better use of datasets that might not be pulling their weight. Monetisation, exploration and better use of data are themes that run through to the core of Kasabi.
Another hot topic of discussion at the event was the recent announcement that the US government are to shut down Data.gov—budgetary reasons seemingly the main reason. In a conference full of data innovators and enthusiasts, there were several start-ups whose specific aim was to make data accessible and useful with or without Data.gov. These start-ups are making it their business to do the heavy lifting, enabling easier access for these datasets.
There is some thought that as a public resource, the government should invest in its own transparency. However, if access to the core data is made available those same start-ups (like in the UK with data.gov.uk), would be able to support how this valuable commodity is exposed and made accessible. Kasabi already enables influence to datasets from data.gov.uk and provides another channel for data innovators to build upon.
Data2Con felt like a nice fit with the aims of Kasabi. Its themes are familiar from our own ideas, and Kasabi is well-placed to help organisations explore the use of their data. Because of its foundation in the web of data, I was also interested in this track, and would love to hear more from people in this area. Also, because of our involvement with large-scale public data projects like data.gov.uk, I’m interested to see how other projects step up to fill the void of governmental cuts. I know we’ll be ready!
Image: “Why Social Data?” by data2con via flickr.