Monday, November 29, 2010
Why pay for public data that’s available for free? Here’s the link for Honolulu city salary info
by Larry Geller
Civil Beat has done it again: they’ve obtained public data, which is free (we taxpayers already paid for it), posted it to their website in obscured form, and are asking for payment for more access.
No problem. Anyone can do that. If you want to pay me for access to free data, that might be ok.
But if you want to see the whole list, with no obscuring watermark, and free for you to read, use, manipulate, analyze, or to cry over (if you are one of the lower paid employees), it’s also been posted on the Web by the Hawaii Open Data Project. A direct link to the spreadsheet is here. Free and clear. No payment required. More than 7800 records are there for you to view or download.
The Hawaii Open Data project is a growing resource promoting transparency by making public data more readily available. Check out also HawaiiBase.com “The Hawaii Wiki.”