Securing the Future of Open Data in the United States: Introducing the OPEN Government Data Act

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW, Suite 610A
Washington, DC 20005

Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation and the Data Coalition for a panel discussion about the future of open government data in the United States.

Open data—data that is made freely available to use without restrictions—serves as a platform for innovation in the public and private sectors that supports $1.1 trillion in annual economic value, helps solve some of the country’s most pressing social challenges, and introduces unprecedented levels of transparency to government operations.

Congress has already taken some steps to unlock data held by the federal government with the bipartisan DATA Act, which required agencies to publish federal spending information in an open, standardized, and machine-readable format on the Internet. But lawmakers can do more to ensure that taxpayers fully reap the social and economic benefits of government data and put the United States on a path to remaining a world leader in this area for years to come.

Specifically, Congress should pass the bipartisan OPEN Government Data Act, a forthcoming bill that would make publishing open data an official responsibility of the federal government and codify the requirement that all government data is open by default.

Special guests Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), and Representative Blake Farenthold (R-TX), co-sponsors of the OPEN Government Data Act, will deliver opening remarks.

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Blake Farenthold
Representative (R-TX)
U.S. Congress
Keynote Speaker
Derek Kilmer
Representative (D-WA)
U.S. Congress
Keynote Speaker
Brian Schatz
Senator (D-HI)
U.S. Congress
Keynote Speaker
Daniel Castro
Vice President, ITIF, and Director, Center for Data Innovation
Tim Day
Vice President
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation
Kat Duffy
Labs Director
Sunlight Foundation
Hudson Hollister
Executive Director
Data Coalition
Joshua New
Former Senior Policy Analyst
ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation
Jed Sundwall
Global Open Data Lead
Amazon Web Services