It is spring in Europe and the good news in Europe this week is that from December next year we finally have the end of paying exorbitant fees for having data access on your mobile phone outside a WiFi when in a another EU country as told by BBC here. As a person travelling a lot between EU countries this is, though years too late, fantastic news.
Being too late was unfortunately also the case as examined in the article Sale of postcodes data was a ‘mistake’ say Committee – in News from UK Parliament. When the UK Royal Mail was privatised last year the address directory, known as the PAF file, was part of the deal. It would have been a substantial better deal for the society as a whole if the address data had been set free. This calculation is backed up by figures from experiences in Denmark as reported in the post The Value of Free Address Data.
In the next week I’m looking forward to being part of an innovation camp arranged by the Danish authorities as a step in an initiative to exploit open public sector data in the private sector. Here public data owners, IT students, enterprise data consumers and IT tool and service vendors including iDQ A/S will meet openly and challenge each other in the development of the most powerful ideas for new ways to create valuable knowledge based on open public sector data.