Open data is like gold in the mud below the chilly waves of mountain rivers. Panning it out requires a lot of patience, or a good machine. I think we will come to as surprising and strong findings as Bellingcat, but we are not focusing on individual events and stories, but on social and environmental processes and changes.
101 Dalmatians was released in 1985 and 1991 which made thousands of families (in the U.S.) want to adopt one. The American Kennel Club reported that the annual number of Dalmatian puppies registered skyrocketed from 8,170 animals to 42,816.
I believe that with curators' priorities and the development of an easily accessible, open API, we are moving in the right direction.