Should Data Exchanges be based on free or open data? As many of you may know, Open is different from Free. Open software, for example, refers to reading software source code. Free software allows you to use the software for free. Data can be Open or Free, or both.
We discuss the cost of providing Free data in a world where more and more data is being produced. New business models are evolving for Open Data that encourage use, innovation, and business model development and preserve the rights of innovators and data users as well as those who provide the data.
When it comes to smart city innovation, it’s arguable that most use cases are not that exciting to the average resident. A connected garbage bin, traffic light or parking meter is not going to cause applause and adoration for city officials at least in the first instance.