While making the rounds of news and reports this week I came across a note from Gartner Research VP David Newman, who was comparing the phenomenon of big data to what he called “open data,” a term to describe transparent availability of data streams and services through public sources and commercial services.

Newman was going over ground he’ll cover at Gartner’s flagship Symposium and IT Expo in Orlando in October and it’s not a new topic for him or others, but I think it’s a very underestimated one. Part of what Newman talks about is an economy based on data services, connecting the assets of governments, open projects and proprietary data streams as free or paid services.  

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