Open Data Hong Kong Co-founder Mart Van de Ven Explains What Open Data is and Why It Matters – Startup HK

Open Data Hong Kong co-founder Mart Van de Ven explains to Startup HK what open data is and why it matters in an article on January 16, 2014.

“The same thing is true for data,” said Mart: “governments, academics and companies hold on to their data as if it’s their competitive advantage – but if you’re not able to deliver, such as the government not being able to create services citizens can actually use, the data’s potential is squandered.”  Mart, like all the other members of the volunteer-run ODHK, believes that most government data should be open and available for competition and collaboration.