“Data Dynamite” Published; How Liberating Information Will Transform Our World
Book Details How New Approaches To Real-Time Data Will Benefit Business, Government And People
Released on: June 20, 2011, 5:16 pm
W. David Stephenson
Internet & Online
MEDFIELD, MA (June 20, 2011) Ė Innovative, cheap ways to use real-time data plus removing restrictions to it will help companies make better decisions, streamline and improve government, and empower the public, according to ďData Dynamite,Ē published today.
The book, subtitled ďhow data will transform our world,Ē was written by ďdata dudeĒ W. David Stephenson, and published by Data4All Press. It is available in e-book and print versions.
The book draws parallels between a potential explosion in uses for data if it becomes accessible to everyone and if new tools make it easy to share and understand, and how publishing of new works bloomed after Luther translated the Bible into German so ordinary people could understand it and printed it rather than having monks copy it. Stephenson says legitimate reasons made it hard for government and companies to gather, process, and disseminate data in the past. Technology removed the barriers, but the old ďdata scarcityĒ mentality prevails on the part of management and must be ended.
The book calls for a 4-step process to liberate data:
- apply ďtagsĒ to it the first time it is entered, giving data meaning and context
- distribute it automatically and in real time, when it will be of most use
- make it available to everyone in an organization Ė and often outside it Ė who needs the data (rather than to just a few elites)
- provide new Web 2.0 tools letting non-technical users analyze and act on data collaboratively.
The book is aimed at senior managers in business and government and at the general public.
ďData DynamiteĒ details a wide range of pioneering examples of liberating data, including:
- online medical records
- an ďInternet of ThingsĒ prescription jar that notifies your doctor when you take a pill
- a Mexican concrete company gaining competitive advantage by operating with real-time data,
- and an online patient community which shares information on their conditions to help drug companies find cures.
It also outlines principles of liberating data, describes characteristics of companies that liberate data, and concludes with a 13-point ďLiberating Data Manifesto.Ē An entire chapter describes the innovative strategies U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra used while he was the District of Columbia CTO.
Stephenson is principal of Stephenson Strategies, Medfield, Ma, and has an international reputation as a consultant and thought leader in both data and Web 2.0 strategies, especially open data and disaster management strategies that empower the general public.
The book is available from all leading e-book sources, and costs $9.99. The print version retails for $16.99 and is available through Amazon and local bookstores.
W. David Stephenson | Principal | Stephenson Strategies
D.Stephenson@stephensonstrategies.com | 508 740-8918 | 335 Main Street, Medfield, MA 02052
Twitter: data4all | Skype: wdavidstephenson | Google Voice: (508) 921-0689
AVAILABLE NOW: Data Dynamite: how liberating information will transform our world
Liberating Data Manifesto:
Place data at the heart of your operations. Attach metadata to make it it meaningful, deliver it automatically and in real-time, provide tools to interpret it, and you will transform government, business, and daily life. You will help workers collaborate and make better decisions, automate processes for better operation and integration, encourage creating new services, and improve individuals' lives.
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams
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