Is it important to make government datasets available to public?

As it has already been mentioned in many of Hans Rosling's talks, public data is being increasingly made available in websites, such as Data.gov. However in some countries the dataset is not available such that people are able to view it through a visualization tool as in GapMinder. So what is the reason for making the data public if it cannot be viewed such that a normal person would be able to understand. Those who are exploring datasets would of course be able to use the textual data and maybe implement their own tools to view the dataset as a whole.
Each country is providing thousands of datasets to the public but it is not well organized. However some of the websites provide some tools to view some datasets but i feel it is not enough.

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