Jerry Hall looks at the pros and cons of keeping public data in the public domain. Is the burden on the public purse too high? Does keeping open data public amount to socialism? Or do the collaborative benefits of a level playing field outweigh such concerns?
Hall mentions that staying public is a better guarantor that data standards will emerge and be applied. My view is public data has already been paid for by the public through the funding of the organizations that collect and create it. It already belongs to everyone. But this doesn't stop people from profiting by it.
Meanwhile Code for America is building the CfA Commons, an app directory and knowledge base about civic data. One of CfA's goals is “Aligning on data standards”, because “standardized data are the raw materials for building software that’s actually interoperable and portable across jurisdictions.” Whoever owns it, without data standards, open data is nothing. Open Data Opportunities