The Technology Part is the Easy Part: Lessons from NYC’s Open Data Efforts

IMG_0004 McKinsey has a good conversation with Mike Flowers, former chief analytics officer of New York city. Flowers points out that there is much more to an effective open data initiative than just getting the information online. It is critical also to:

  • Overcome cultural and political barriers within the government, barriers that are more than just bureaucratic resistance to change;
  • Find ways to understand the on-the-ground realities of the agencies doing the work in order to integrate and deliver value effectively;
  • Create net positive impact by ensuring that the data are accessible and meaningful to a broad spectrum of citizens.

Failure to think beyond the technology risks disillusionment, damaging information asymmetries, and bad decision-making based on poorly understood data.

Check out the video and article here.


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