Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity, London 1994
However, given our digital world, the potential is even richer:
- Humboldtian science was based on using state of the art measuring instruments
- Open Data is ‘in’: note Open Government and The Open Data Institute
- Measurement-based science is ‘data-based’ or ‘evidence-based’ web science, as Sir Tim Berners-Lee would like to see the web being used;
- investigating is open across all age and income groups;
- a Smart Water Portal would allow for better planning and prioritising just as a Smart Energy Portal;
- a Smart Climate Portal would allow for comparing data visually that can not be compared meaningfully with existing software.
‘Measuring on-screen’ means:
- comparing visually – spotting patterns at a glance;
- evaluating numerically – comparing values;
- and interpreting what we see – by assigning measurement units.
Thanks to the web, ‘education‘ becomes a ‘life-long learning process‘ – at any age and for any income group – as long as we have a browser!
- Governments looking for economic ROI must focus on open data … (radar.oreilly.com)
- Open data highlights from European Data Forum 2013 in Dublin (okfn.org)
- Europe Set For Continent-Wide Open Data Rules (techweekeurope.co.uk)
- New York Launches Open Data Portal (govtech.com)
- Big Data, Open Data and Official Statistics (blogstats.wordpress.com)