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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted October 21, 2010 at 13:46:22

In the same way no one would bother reading a newspaper filled with misinformation.

This reminds me of the local media panel discussion I attended early this year, in which the other panelists all insisted that their role as professional journalists is to act as gatekeepers and protect citizens from bad information - hence assuming that citizens can't figure this out for themselves.

In fact, their real role as professionals is to protect their shareholders from losses by ensuring that their capital-intensive publishing investments are used to produce content people will actually pay for. Generally speaking, citizens can recognize - and even produce - quality all by themselves.

Open data is based on the idea that citizens as a group possess the expertise and ambition to do innovative, useful things with information if they can get it in a form that allows for analysis, combination and sharing. (Community media is based on the same idea.)

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