Who is using open data?

Ben Worthy, blogging on the ODI site,  finds that looking at the most viewed and downloaded datasets for data.gov.uk raises more interesting questions than it answers

This is an interesting wander through Ben’s attempts to understand who is using open data. I was particularly interested in his point that “Not all users are equal”. It chimed with me and my thinking around who is getting best use (or any use) out of data that’s published.

His conclusion

… different groups are using it different ways. There is no ‘average’ or ‘person on the street’ data users. This makes the future of open data very unpredictable. Just as it should be.

Worth a read.

It’s also worth taking a look at Ben’s ODI lunch time lecture from 2013 – Opening up local government spending – was it worth it?