Open data – and librarians

Access to “open data” has proved beneficial in a number of areas including scientific and health research to derive greater value from apps produced by others rather than paying for the development of new services in-house. It is not suggested that all proprietary data should be made open but in most cases there is “underlying” data that can be made available without detriment to anyone.

Information specialists/ librarians – anyone with the the skills to curate data: indexing, retrieval, and data standards will be in demand. Health data properly managed has the potential to improve outcomes, but someone will have to do it!

Based on: Shadbolt, N. (2016)  The potential of open data and opportunities for the profession.

CILIP Update. April p.16-17.

Jean Shaw, Phi


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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