What Do Nonprofit Open Data Standards Look Like?
Facilitated by Marnie Webb, TechSoup Global
Marnie spends a lot of time thinking about interoperability of nonprofit data, and how the sector could move forward if there were standards that allowed nonprofits to share programmatic and other data. In this session, she'll share her vision for open data standards, and invite participants to toss ideas around.
Intro: round robin
Hopeful, interesting, possibly dangerous
Finding standards that work for non-profits Open standard for practicing conservation Craigslist: value and effect of more data availability
Calling attention: "Look at this" actions Finding Data -> Insights about issues
Finding standards across the sector
What do we open up, now?
How does the success model of nonprofits and the drive to be open sometimes conflict?
Existing businesses threatened by open data.
Discussion of bottom-up standards process.
Face to face meetings with relevant stakeholders, buy-in
Anonymity - to what degree can ope ndata identify someone
Discussion of importnace of opendata as a "next big wave" similar to social media - desire to create and present a primer for how to deal with opendata
All-encompassing standard vs. incremental standardss (mini,moving targets)
reactive decision making vs. proactive preparation for the coming shift in open data standards
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Open Standards Considerations
Top down vs. bottom up standards
Process: Open Transparent Two feet Drive larger players to the table with action and marketing Face to face Event management is important Consider how to manage iterations
How to set the default to open? Opt out rather than opt in open
What info matters to open? Agree on that.
Political clout matters in standards creation and maintenance
What parts can be open? What do you need to leave closed for business reasons? Time can be a factor, leave closed for now and open later.