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