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Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY

Office Hour with Joel Gurin (The GovLab at NYU)

Joel Gurin (Center for Open Data Enterprise)
3:25pm–4:05pm Thursday, 10/16/2014
Office Hour
Location: Table D

Want to explore the opportunities that Open Data opens up? Come talk to Joel about your ideas as well as things like:

  • The relationship between open data and big data
  • How entrepreneurs can use government open data to build their businesses or start new ones
  • The kinds of open data that are most useful in different sectors (healthcare, finance, education, energy, etc.)
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Joel Gurin

Center for Open Data Enterprise

Joel Gurin is an expert on consumer issues, information policy, and the application of open data. He is currently Senior Advisor at the Governance Lab at New York University, a center dedicated to improving government through technology. There he directs the Open Data 500, the first comprehensive study of U.S.-based companies that use open government data as a key business resource ( He is the author of the new book, Open Data Now, and covers the field through his website,

Gurin served as Chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure, which studied how the federal government can help consumers by providing information on complex choices in the marketplace. From late 2009 through early 2012 he was Chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. He was previously Editorial Director and then Executive Vice President of Consumer Reports, where he launched, the world’s largest paid-subscription information-based website.