At my workplace, I have asked and been asked for providing raw data for analysis. It is easier to derive information out of the raw data. Often this is a time consuming process for the people involved.
There are times when the raw data has to be collected before any level of information can be derived from them. This is a time consuming process. During this hazy period, we rely on our perception which is not always correct.
Tim Berners-Lee talks about history of the browser and calls for making raw data available over the net. He sees data sharing as the future. He also explains the three rules for data sharing.
- The URL should point to data.
- Anyone accessing the URL should get data back.
- Relationships in the data should point to other URLs with data.