From the book – Open Data Now:
In a series of studies led by Harvey Lewis, a research director in Deloitte’s Insight Team, the firm has identified five Open Data business “archetypes”:
- Suppliers publish their data as Open Data that can be easily used. While they don’t charge for the data—if they did, it wouldn’t be Open Data—they increase customer loyalty and enhance their reputations by releasing it.
- Aggregators collect Open Data, analyze it, and charge for their insights or make money from the data in other ways.
- Developers “design, build, and sell web-based, tablet, or smart-phone applications” using Open Data as a free resource.
- Enrichers are “typically large, established businesses” that use Open Data to “enhance their existing products and services,” for example by using demographic data to understand their customers better.
- Enablers charge companies to make it easier for them to use Open Data.
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