"""If you think about open data from a political “data must be free” perspective, you will come up with projects like identi.ca
. If you think about it from a “useful interoperability” perspective, you will come up with standards like GTFS (which cities use to provide their transit schedules to Google Maps and others), Blue Button (which started at the VA as a program for veterans, but now allows consumers to download their medical records), not to mention the government open data in areas like mapping, weather, and location data that powers so many commercial services today.
Will the Internet of Things be proprietary or open? It seems to me that the best way to ensure that the answer to that question is “open” is not to wave banners saying “open data” or to try to create open versions of successful proprietary products but to work assiduously to find ways in which open data and cooperating systems create more value than closed, proprietary data."""