I thought it would be fun to compile a list of all the various reasons we’ve heard for not publishing data…
- What if terrorists use the data?
- It probably breaks data protection or something
- People will find out our data is a bit crap
- It’s too complicated for the public to understand
- It’s too complicated for you to understand
- It’s really big (100,000 of rows of data, oh my!)
- We might want to sell it later
- We think we might not own some of it
- We already make the information available via an internal website so why duplicate effort?
- We’ll get spam
- Our software has no API (because it’s enterprise, unlike that crappy interoperable stuff)…
- ..so tough, you can’t have it
- ..and the SQL is too difficult to understand, it’s all like “table233.fieldA3″
- ..we’ll have to pay the people who make the software a fortune to get the data
- We’re just too busy with project X (then project Y…)
And the special new category for facilties & equipment sharing data:
- If people know about our stuff we’ll get people ring us up. We don’t want people bothering us.
- We don’t want other people using our stuff because they’ll break it
- We don’t want other people touching our precious things because we think our stuff should be just for us
Some of these are reasonably valid, as in the case of not being confident you hold the copyright, or the spam comment is legit but I find it hard to give it much credit.
Any I should add?