Today, there is a growing trend worldwide amongst private and public organizations to move towards having an open non-private data ideology. Reason being there is a growing need to facilitate access to non-private data for citizens and employees. This is as a result of the Information Age and its predominance in today’s society. The issue this raises is what kind of impact would routine publishing of non-private data have on an organization’s infrastructure? It is evident that cloud computing can be a clever and cost effective means to achieve this end.
Organizations have begun to create what is referred to as an “open data catalogue” hosted in the cloud as this was the most time efficient manner to make non-private data easily accessible to those individuals this information was meant for. This also allowed for minimal infrastructure changes, flexibility, convenience and at a low cost. It has proven to be a great way for organizations to be transparent to their employees and drive interest from the public. It has also been fundamental in fostering a feeling of empowerment to employees as they feel more involved in the shaping of the organization they are a part of.
Moving forward organizations are looking to develop a process for establishing standard operations for the addition and maintenance of data sets in the catalogue in order to create an open data infrastructure. It is imperative that employees and citizens have a good understanding of the benefits and value in making this type of information available. Transparency is key to building and fostering trust. It will help to generate employee interest in being more involved and excited about where they work resulting in strengthened unity. Unity within any organization is of paramount importance to its long run health and viability.
Do you have an open date catalogue project on your radar? What are the challenges and obstacles you foresee in the future?