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Via Tim Unwin

Data, openness, community ownership and the commons

Posted: 02 Sep 2015 06:32 AM PDT

[Summary: reflections on responses to the GODAN discussion paper on agricultural open data, ownership and the commons – posted ahead of Africa Open Data Conference GODAN sessions]

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Key points

  • We need to distinguish between claims to data ownership, and claims to be a stakeholder in a dataset;
  • Ownership is a relevant concept for a limited range of datasets;
  • Openness can be a positive strategy, empowering farmers vis-a-vis large corporate interests;
  • Openness is not universally good: can also be used as a ‘data grab’ strategy;
  • We need to think critically about the configurations of openness we are promoting;
  • Commons and cooperative based strategies for managing data and open data are a key area for further exploration;

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