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What to Expect from Open Data in 2014

January 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 2013, arguably the most vibrant year in the history of open data, paved the way for even bigger achievements in 2014. As open data transitioned from a social movement to a quickly growing global market, developers seized on the newly-available data to create software applications that improve people’s lives. In ...

Op-Ed: Data is Inert -- It’s What You Do With It That Counts

August 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In its infancy, the open data movement was mostly about offering catalogs of government data online that concerned citizens and civic activists could download. But now, a wide variety of external stakeholders are using open data to deliver new applications and services. At the same time, governments themselves are harnessing ...

Op-Ed: Open Data Is Re-Defining Government in the 21st Century

June 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Perhaps it’s the constrained fiscal reality, punctuated by threats of government shut-downs. Or maybe it’s the ideological wars in Washington, playing out most recently in the battle over privacy and security sparked by revelations about the PRISM surveillance program. Whatever the reasons, the public sector in the 21st century gets ...