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How far should openness extend?

How far should openness extend?
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If you could open one of the following data sets tomorrow, which one would you open and why?

291 votes tallied
All non-classified government data
49 votes
Census information
6 votes
Government statistics
10 votes
Geo data
8 votes
Weather data
6 votes
Public records
9 votes
Data from publicly-funded research projects
36 votes
Digitized books and media from public libraries
167 votes

Selling the idea of open data seems straightforward. If taxpayers paid for it, a government should share it. But there have to be exceptions for National Security and privacy.

What about when a government holds a copyright or a public university applies for a patent? If a healthy society needs an intellectual commons full of public data, what belongs in that commons?

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Colin Dodd - Colin Dodd is a writer at Red Hat.