Writing in Forbes magazine, Hudson Hollister, Executive Director of the Data Transparency Coalition, gives an enthusiastic and rousing welcome to the unanimous passing of the DATA Act by the Senate: “Without common data standards across all government spending, analyses of cross-agency spending trends require endless conversions of apples to oranges. For a nation whose tech industry leads the world, there is no reason to allow this antiquated system to persist.”
Hollister is a lucid and cogent advocate of data standards. But what's notable about this article is its location – in a mass market, newsstand magazine title. This is more proof – if more proof is needed – that business really does get it. Data standards are a business issue. I believe access to meaningful, usable data is as vital as, and maybe more vital than, access to capital, skills, or physical infrastructure.
The importance of data to our economy and society is getting wider coverage thanks to the DATA Act. The Washington Post's report on the Senate vote is headed: “The DATA Act just passed the Senate. Here’s why that matters.” Forbes