I'm also dubious that GitHub is the right way to release data. There are a huge number of people interested in civic data, and GitHub is probably one of the least accessible ways for 99.9% of people to get it.
For example, a number of city and regional councils in New Zealand publish their data via Koordinates.com. Wellington City Council alone publishes over 50 key datasets:
(disclosure: I work for Koordinates)
As a contributor to OpenStreetMap that spent tons of time using their building and street centerlines datasets to improve OSM, I noticed that their data was wrong in tons of places. I approached the city to ask about better collaboration with OSM and about fixing their license to let OSM use their data. After that conversation they committed to releasing data and soliciting feedback from the community.
Why not disclose this in your comment?
Github may or may not be the best tool they could have used to accomplish their objective; there are probably better tools out there and Github is barely "good enough"; however, "good enough" usually cuts it. On the other hand since their goal is to allow user-contribution, Koordinate is definitely not the right tool, at least not in an immediately obvious way.
It is good to see public entities picking GitHub as a collaboration tool though.
The first step to releasing data is releasing the data. 3rd party applications are nice to have, but they second-guess the use case. A developer can grab some data and use it to build an app, regardless of the source. But github is a blocker for the vast majority of the audience that is interested in ad hoc analysis, for whatever reason.
And they released the data. I still am not understanding what the problem is with github. You don't HAVE to code to grab the data.
Why would knowledge of development, and git, have anything at all to do with if someone wanted this kind of data? I can't imagine why you would draw a connection.
It is raw data. It isn't a brochure or a printable map or anything else directly consumable. I am making an eminently obvious statement, so why is this surprising to you?
Secondly, what is so funny about the parenthesis? What is your point?
I sense that you're trying hard to be snotty in some way, as if you've done your part against elitism, but the end result is rather bizarre.
I still think that I know quite a few people who love raw data, love excel, and still wouldn't want to learn git or github, but I was reading that into your message perhaps unfairly.