Envision a free resource that can be used for better healthcare and investment tools, efficient energy, improved transportation, or new web-based consumer services. You’re imagining open government data: public data that anyone can access and use to create new ventures. The federal government invests more than $80 billion a year in IT and information systems, much of that for open data.
The Center for Open Data Enterprise has partnered with the White House, federal agencies, the World Bank, international governments, and businesses to show how this resource can create economic value. The center’s Joel Gurin and Katherine Garcia explain how open data can help create business value that some estimate may reach a trillion dollars or more. Through case studies and research findings, Joel and Katherine show how data can be put to use, where the greatest economic and social opportunities are, and what the new administration may do to make this valuable national resource more accessible and usable.
Case studies include:
Joel Gurin is president and founder of the Center for Open Data Enterprise, a Washington-based nonprofit that works to maximize the value of open data as a public resource. Joel also serves as a senior open data consultant to the World Bank. Previously, he wrote the book Open Data Now and led the launch team for the GovLab’s Open Data 500 study and Open Data Roundtables. Joel served as chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure and as chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the US Federal Communications Commission. For over a decade, Joel was editorial director and executive vice president of Consumer Reports, where he directed the development of ConsumerReports.org, the world’s largest paid-subscription, information-based website. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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