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Make Data Work
Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY
Joel Gurin

Joel Gurin
President, Center for Open Data Enterprise

Website | @joelgurin

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.


3:25pm–4:05pm Thursday, 10/16/2014
Office Hour
Location: Table D
Joel Gurin (Center for Open Data Enterprise)
Explore the opportunities that Open Data opens up. Joel will talk to you about your ideas as well as the relationship between open data and big data, and the kinds of open data that are most useful in different sectors (healthcare, finance, education, energy, etc.). Joel will discuss how entrepreneurs can use government open data to build their businesses or start new ones. Read more.
5:05pm–5:45pm Thursday, 10/16/2014
Business & Industry
Location: 1 E10/1 E11
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Joel Gurin (Center for Open Data Enterprise), Laura Manley (The GovLab at NYU)
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Open government data on healthcare, finance, education, energy, and other areas has become a major business resource. Joel Gurin, author of Open Data Now and director of the Open Data 500 study, will show how both startups and established companies are putting open data to work. He'll cover Open Data and Big Data, business models for open-data companies, and lessons from a range of case studies. Read more.