The Economic Impact of Open Data

April 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (March 28, 2014) - Government agencies collect a vast amount of data that is valuable not only to the agency that collected it, but also to many other stakeholders in the public and private sector. By making their data freely available without restrictions, government agencies can enable the private sector to leverage a host of useful information, including weather data, legal filings, financial statements, health indicators, and education metrics, to develop new products and services and create new economic value. Already, a wide variety of companies have created innovations that were born from government data that has been made available for reuse.

Join the Center for Data Innovation, an affiliated research center of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), for a panel discussion highlighting new findings about where demand for open data is strongest and how government agencies can help promote continued data-driven growth in these sectors. At the event, the GovLab at New York University will also officially release the Open Data 500, the first comprehensive study of American companies that use open government data as a key business resource. In addition, the GovLab will announce plans for a new program to improve the ways federal agencies and businesses can work together.

The event will be heldĀ Tuesday, April 8 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Arent Fox LLP, 1717 K Street NW. Lunch will be served in the building atrium at 11:30 and the panel will start at 12:00 in the second floor auditorium.

Panel participants include Erie Meyer, Senior Advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Daniel Castro, Director of the Center for Data Innovation; Joel Gurin, Senior Advisor, NYU Governance Lab; and Waldo Jaquith, Director of the U.S. Open Data Institute.

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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