Everyone is talking about data now… yes… Wikileaks had a big impact in our life’s last year and now everybody cares about data, to understand data, to keep it safe and to keep it free, but… there is lot of different initiatives… from public to journalistic that started years ago (not a lot but before Assange did).
One of the first legislative Obama acts was to open data to the citizens… and opening Data.gov in 2009 was opened the gate to other countries to do the same. Was followed by Australia, New Zeland, UK and Catalonia. Then started some cities as Toronto or London. In all these sites you can find data from crime rates in Toronto to NZ river levels or traffic data from Barcelona… even wich kind of gun was used on a crime in Wisconsin or the exact location of a street light in London. To discover more govData sites go to The Guardian and surf.
Data journalist or data curator are the new and trendy jobs on this new wave… but what about Data Librarianship?#!… nobody is asking what we need to do to be ready to all this amount of questions from our users about data, all these data around us and increasing exponentially day by day.
A new role for librarians as a bridge and guide between those in power who have the data (and are rubbish at explaining it) and the public who desperately want to understand the data and access it but need help. We can be that bridge.