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Cooking the data - O’Reilly Radar

Wednesday, September 21st 2011

The first problem open data advocates run into is that of getting real information. Look at Greece: 324 Athenians reported having swimming pools on their taxes. When the government used Google Maps to try and count how many there really were, they found 16,974 of them — despite efforts by citizens to camouflage their pools under green tarpaulins. So even if activists can use widely available data to create change, that data may be wrong.

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