According to the Office of Science and Technology, freely-available data from the Federal government and other sources can be a powerful input to private sector innovation. Open Data can spur entrepreneurship, empower citizens, and create jobs. As just one example, data from the US Global Positioning System (GPS) have been utilized by entrepreneurs to power navigation systems, precision crop farming tools, and other innovations that add over $90 billion in value to our economy each year and have improved the lives of Americans in many ways.
As a result, the Open Data Movement has quickly transcended across many industries to stimulate innovation based on public sector information reuse as a way of helping the public and private sectors collaborate on Open Data. This week’s news roundup includes some exciting updates from both sectors, ranging from clean energy and setting new trends in fashion, to innovative community-developed apps and Open Data co-operatives.
Top Open Data News
Open Data for a Clean, Secure Energy Future – The White House, Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency participated in an “Energy Data Jam” recently at the Google offices in New York City. One of the goals of the half-day workshop was to brainstorm how publicly available datasets might be put to use in the continuing transition to a clean energy future, including new ideas for products, services, features, and apps.
Asos to open data to external web developers – Online fashion giant Asos opened up its product and basket services data to external web developers in a bid to extend its wider online presence by allowing others to build Asos-related services. This will help further advance the Open Data Movement for global consumer brands.
Another City Goes ‘Open Data’; What It Means For You – Literally hundreds of governments and cities are pursuing Open Data strategies, including some innovative approaches. These Open Data initiatives have led to a flood of community-developed “apps” that residents and businesses can use on demand. Here are a few interesting examples: Parking Spaces in San Francisco, Where’s My Bus, Diner Inspect, Go Metro, and Crime Reports.
Where co-operatives and open data meet – As businesses, co-operatives have a wide range of data they might consider making available as Open Data. Recent discussions highlighted the wide variety of possible data: from locations of retail coop outlets, to energy usage data gathered by an energy co-operative, or turnstile data from a co-operative sports club.
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We are excited to hear from you!John C. Tran