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Open Data Now: The Secret to Hot Startups, Smart Investing, Savvy Marketing, and Fast Innovation by Joel Gurin

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CHAPTER TWO

Hot Startups: Turning Government Data into Dollars

GOVERNMENT OPEN DATA HAS THE POTENTIAL TO INCREASE public knowledge, empower citizens, and build American businesses. In recent years, business innovation has been a major driver for the federal government’s Open Data initiatives. The U.S. government may turn out to be the largest single source of free Open Data in the world. Its business potential is just starting to be realized, and it’s fueling a wave of startups that’s beginning to build.

The Obama administration has developed its Open Data Policy as part of a larger commitment to Open Government, described in Chapter 13. Under this policy, announced in May 2013, more government data will be made available to the public in more ...

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