New Policy Research Center to Focus on Data Innovation

July 15, 2013

WASHINGTON (July 15, 2013) - The unprecedented volume of data generated by today's computing infrastructure is transforming our society and creating significant opportunities for innovation in numerous fields from healthcare to education to e-government.

To better educate policymakers around the world about the economic and social benefits presented by an increasingly information-rich world, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) has established the Center for Data Innovation. The center will focus its research and education efforts on developing public policies that maximize the potential benefits of data.

"In order to make smart decisions about how information is collected, managed, analyzed  and shared, we need 'data literate' policymakers at the national, state and local levels," notes Daniel Castro, director of the Center for Data Innovation. "The center will seek to both make sense of data for those working in government and make sense of government for those working in data industries."

One of the center's first projects will be "Data Innovation Across America," a component of the Millennial Trains Project. The effort, conducted by ITIF research analyst Travis Korte, seeks to investigate how data is changing communities and industries across the nation and will assist lawmakers in understanding how this transformation impacts policymaking and governance.

In addition, the Center will spearhead the organization of Data Innovation Day, which will be held on January 24, 2014. ITIF launched the event in 2013 and the inaugural celebration brought together over 60 organizations from around the world to raise awareness about the benefits and opportunities that come from the increased use of information.

The center will produce a free weekly newsletter to provide leaders in business, government, and the non-profit sector with access to the latest information on big data, open data, data analytics, and data visualization.

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at