Keynote: Reaching great heights by building with others’ blocks
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"Many people are afraid of sharing their ideas and plans, I used to be. I used to think great products or services existed in isolation and you could work away on something and suddenly - piow! launch it out and wow everyone. And sometimes, that is the case. But what I have learnt in the journey with establishing Wiki New Zealand is that when you really share what you have, and incorporate others’ thinking and tools, you find yourself with something grander than you could have ever done alone."
Lillian Grace brings a new perspective on data, one where data is a language in which everyone can be fluent. She believes societies and individuals will benefit when anyone can use data to inform their thinking and insights without requiring intermediaries. Lillian is the CEO and Founder of Wiki New Zealand, the first organisation to designate everyone as a user of data and to build systems and software to deliver to this standard. Wiki New Zealand puts data in simple charts using consistent standards so that people can easily play with and explore data. Critical to this solution was the development of Grace, a backend application that can extract data from a variety of formats and apply a transparent standardisation process that results in the data being consistent, clean and easy to find and use. Collaboration is central to Wiki New Zealand, and Lillian believes the most comprehensive collection of data about New Zealand will only come from working together with domain and data experts. Lillian engages with those in Government, private sector, academia, media, schools, and the general public to involve them in the effort and inform the evolution of Wiki New Zealand and its offerings.