INTRODUCTION

The World’s Greatest Free Resource

Open Data is “going to help launch more startups. It’s going to help launch more businesses. . . . It’s going to help more entrepreneurs come up with products and services that we haven’t even imagined yet”—President Barack Obama, May 9, 2013.

IMAGINE THAT YOU SUDDENLY HAVE ACCESS TO A MASSIVE NEW business resource. It can be used to build new companies that deliver better healthcare, offer in-depth investment tools, provide energy more efficiently, improve transportation, or offer a wide range of consumer services through mobile apps and the web. It can help established companies learn what their customers really think about them, spot market trends early on, and choose the best business partners ...

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