3 Reasons why Open Data is Important

Most data collection apps ***don’t share data***. Closed data makes advancing research and eradicating pollution incredibly problematic.

Here are 3 reasons why Open Data is Important

1. Anyone can download open data for free.

2. Open data has complete freedom of use.

3. Citizens can make sure that governments are doing their job and governments can significantly reduce public expenditure.

What is this open data stuff anyway?

  • Open data is simply raw data that anyone can download for free, and use for any purpose, without permission or restriction.

For example, anyone can download all of the data for the following locations:





This data is also mapped at a Global Level:

And more complex maps are available at the City Level, because the browser cannot render more sophisticated maps at larger scales:

Unfortunately, not many people think open data on pollution is important. I really thought people would sign up and support so we could hire a developer.

Anyone crowdfunding OpenLitterMap will recieve OLM tokens which will give you voting rights on the future direction of the platform.

Lots of people are using apps that are privatizing science and creating closed data that nobody can access, which will probably never be used by anyone.

Closed data is great if you want to restrict science, research, problem solving and eliminate transparency, solutions and results.

Last year, I applied for over 20 grants and they all told me to take a hike. Similarly, there is not much support from crowdfunding either despite about 1,000 tonnes of plastic going into the ocean every hour.*

OpenLitterMap gives all data away for free but there are no videos, no documentation, no logo, no colour scheme, no mobile apps, or smart contracts…yet.

Shocker! Could it be that Governments and corporations don’t want us mapping product pollution and the pre-marine terrestrial characteristics of economic pollution in an open and accessible way? Newsflash! That is exactly why we need to embrace open data.

If you like my work, or maybe you think open data on pollution or the future quality of life of humanity or just biodiversity in general is important, please consider signing up and supporting the development of OpenLitterMap. This could have all been done a year ago if 1 of the 20 grants I applied for or if enough people thought my work, innovation, research, commitment, capacity, dedication and initiative or just open data on pollution in general was important.

Please stop waiting and Embrace Open Data on Plastica Pollutia. Failure to do so will be catastrophic. When victorious, we can feast on the cleanliness of our planet and put pollution in the history books where it belongs.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store

An open, interactive and accessible database of the world’s litter and plastic pollution