The EU is putting €14m (£10.9m) behind open data in a bid to replicate the success of the UK’s Open Data Institute (ODI). €7.8m will fund the Open Data Incubator for Europe, while the remaining money will go towards a research network and an academy to train data scientists. Announced at the ODI Summit in London, it is the largest direct investment in open data startups in the world.
Phi Beta Iota: There are over 55 opens, among which Open Software, Open Hardware, OpenBTS, Open Cloud, and Open Spectrum are the most important. The EU will waste a great deal of money if it does not get a grip on the totality of the open source ecology as context — Open Data in isolation is largely worthless — when it is not a gift to vendors of proprietary software and hardware able to “enclose” the open data commons.