Alright, now that being said…
W00t! Here are some open data formats to help with the use of New Jersey data outside of desktop GIS. It is a tough road to hoe when trying to change paradigms about data use perceptions. New Jersey has always been open about sharing GIS data, from the late 1990′s the NJ Office of GIS and NJ Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of GIS have been putting their data online for folks to download. But the focus has been desktop users, not addressing the shift towards web maps and people using it in “non-conventional” ways. But my belief is cost to build the data is returned when users actually start using it, so let’s look to ALL the users.
So there are the obvious issues that are wrestled with: internal and external data maintenance. But a more complicated conversation in regards to documenting the source when people are making decisions based upon a data set shared by a data steward organization. In talking with folks there is the rational position: It’s is the data user’s responsibility to understand what they are using. But often, rational thought goes out the window when people find something that promotes their position and defending it.
I would really like to hear how other folks are using open data formats as part of their Enterprise in particular to documentation and making decision makers comfortable in sharing the information in this format.