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Opening data: Have you checked your pipes?

Posted date: 
Wed, 03/26/2014
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Sunlight Foundation Blog

Code for America alum Dave Guarino had a post recently entitled “ETL for America”. In it, he highlights something that open data practitioners face with every new project: the problem of Extracting data from old databases, Transforming it to suit a new application or analysis and Loading it into the new datastore that will support that new application or analysis. Almost every technical project (and every idea for one) has this process as an initial cost. This cost is so pervasive that it’s rarely discussed by anyone except for the wretched “data plumber” (Dave’s term) who has no choice but to figure out how to move the important resources from one place to another.(...)