Given the recent People’s Climate Movement and steps from the administration to roll back action on climate change there is clearly deep concern for the future of our planet.
But programs to prevent climate change are not all that’s at risk. Open access to basic environmental and climate data is now in jeopardy. Previously published, government-generated data on the environment and other public issues may be vulnerable to a politicized backlash against evidence-based policies.
Before considering the implications of disappearing public information, what exactly is open data and why does it matter?