I’ve had occasional insight into the Freedom of Information situation in the UK, which is very similar with likely unsustainable increases in costs. What is really needed is a change in attitude on openness.
One of the things I used to say (admittedly to be deliberately controversial), about information security in Shell was that, with a few exceptions, we should take all our filing cabinets, and put them out on the street, and invite our competitors to rummage through them – at least then we would know they were not doing anything more usefulJ
So publishing information as a matter of course, and then using the biggest single gain in productivity in the retail industry over the last century (self service) is almost certainly the only sustainable answer. LOD is almost certainly a technical part of the answer here, in fact I think public administration data is likely to be the largest use of LOD as time passes.
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Subject: [ontolog-forum] (Open?) Data as Mediated by Access to Information Requests
This insightful post considers the burden placed on government resources by mediating access to data behind Access to Information acts, and how current trends indicate this can become a noticeable drain. I suspect this would be of interest to the Linked Open Data crowd. I paste below the first two paragraphs, follow the link for the entire post.
I've been doing a lot of thinking about access to information, and am working on a longer analysis, but in the short term I wanted to share two graphs - graphs that outline why Access to Information (Freedom of Information in the United States) is unsustainable and will, eventually, need to be radically rethought.
First, this analysis is made possible by the enormous generosity of the Canadian Federal Information Commissioners Office which several weeks ago sent me a tremendous amount of useful data regarding access to information requests over the past 15 years at the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS).