Have a look at Peepel.com It is an extensible collaborative framework incorporating Db with sophisticated logic and distributed processing capacity.
The paradigm is clearly shifting. A few monolithic minds may still hold forth that they are the only people capable of analyzing data, but as the "medium is the message" makes its way into academia it becomes "Data is more powerful than the study". Increasingly data is being repurposed and taken into consideration in ways unimagined by the data collector, much to our advantage.
What is being called "ERP" is actually now capable of wholistic simulations of previously intangible phenomenon.
I'm completely excited by the interoperability of data between entities and the novel conclusions now possible.
Freedom sounds too open ended. Yes it is free, and yes it is being 'trapped' more often by more people. Many to many relationships with children of children is the new data paradigm in our integrated world and I hope it ties so many factors together that the 'business world' finally realizes that peace is the answer, pollution is poor design, profit means more than money.
Our world can't wait any longer. We are the solution.
One last thing from Joseph Cambell :
To make the world a better place, teach people how to live in it.
I believe that Bucky Fuller will be seen by future generations as the first critical thinker of a new age of understanding. All hail data freedom.