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Make Data Work
March 13–14, 2017: Training
March 14–16, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

The future of open data: Building businesses with a major national resource

Joel Gurin (Center for Open Data Enterprise)
2:40pm3:20pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Business case studies
Location: LL21 B Level: Non-technical
Secondary topics:  Data for good, Smart cities
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and managers in established businesses with an interest in using government data to develop new products and services or improve their operations

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to use free open government data as a major resource for business innovation
  • Understand how entrepreneurs in the US and abroad are using open data to create new products and services
  • Discover how established businesses can use open data to improve their operations
  • Learn what kinds of federal data can produce the most business value and social good
  • Explore how innovators can tap into the “national data reserves” and put them to use


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:

  • The Open Data Impact Map, a public database of organizations that use open government data from around the world, including 1,700+ examples from over 90 countries.
  • A new report on recommendations from the 2016 Open Data Roundtables, a series of meetings cohosted with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to identify open data case studies, lessons learned, and best practices across the federal government. The roundtable report draws on input from 290 open data experts and includes recommendations and case studies for open data opportunities including public-private collaboration.
  • A current project, to be completed in October 2016, to prepare an open data transition report for the next administration. This report will include two dozen recommendations for applying open government data to innovation in energy, healthcare, agriculture, and many other areas. The recommendations include both actions that government agencies can take and business applications of the data itself.
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Joel Gurin

Center for Open Data Enterprise

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, the world’s largest paid-subscription, information-based website. He can be reached at