Open data is a must-have for businesses and industries that want to stay ahead of the competition and for civic leaders who want to communicate more effectively with their communities.
Data in the hands of all residents gives people a voice and opportunity to express themselves and provides opportunities for organizations to collect and analyze data to better inform consumers and understand the challenges facing communities across the country.
For too long, federal policymakers have struggled to harness the power of federal data in the form of accountable and transparent government. For that reason, a major component of the Information for the Policy Process proposal will require agencies to open up information and data on government performance.
Meanwhile, for businesses that need to improve their service for consumers, much of the vast amounts of data they’re collecting through transparency initiatives could help them do so.
Right now, people often have to search multiple data sources to gain the information they need. By using government data on public records, crime statistics, tax cuts, foreign military travel and education spending, organizations can use open data to help inform consumers and producers about where there potential savings and benefits lie, and which communities have the strongest potential for growth.