Scientific American: What’s Wrong with Open-Data Sites — and How We Can Fix Them

From Scientific American: What’s Wrong with Open-Data Sites–and How We Can Fix Them. “Imagine shopping in a supermarket where every item is stored in boxes that look exactly the same. Some are filled with cereal, others with apples, and others with shampoo. Shopping would be an absolute nightmare! The design of most open data sites—the (usually government) sites that distribute census, economic and other data to be used and redistributed freely—is not exactly equivalent to this nightmarish supermarke. But it’s pretty close.”