Data 2.0 Coming Next Week as Future Uncertain

Data 2.0 is a conference about information accessibility and how open data can solve problems in business, social and government. Coming next week from San Francisco, the conference will see companies like InfoChimps, Factual and FluidInfo (who all have APIs) coming together to explore the continued opening of data. Yet, the conference is also perfectly timed to discuss the recent news that some U.S. open data initiatives may not survive the month.

The largest open data initiative from the U.S.,, is on the chopping block along with seven other sites, according to ReadWriteWeb. When launched in 2009, we looked at what's in The site was unveiled with much optimism about open government data, something long spearheaded by the Sunlight Foundation. According to that organization, funding may run out on April 20 and its set up a campaign to spare the sites.

That's quite the backdrop for an open data conference. Of course, there are many other governments besides the U.S. federal government that are continuing to open data. Even within the U.S., cities and states are making data available. Most notable may be New York City's Big Apps contest, which just completed its second year.

Then, of course, businesses are also releasing data, too. Some are charging for it via Data as a Service and API growth doubled in 2010. All aspects of open data are on the docket for the Data 2.0 conference. The high-profile speakers and packed schedule promise a thought-provoking conference about data.

And, of course, it's not a conference these days without a pitch session.

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