Civic Innovations

Technology, Government Innovation, and Open Data

The Economic Promise of Open Government Data

It’s been a few weeks since I suggested that by embracing open government data, the State of Delaware (and other states and localities) could encourage the development of nimble software companies and spur entrepreneurship.

Since then, it’s been very gratifying to see lots of other people come to the same conclusion:

I particularly like this statement from Jake Brewer of the Sunlight Foundation:

Perhaps the greatest by-product of creating a more transparent, accountable government through freely available open government data, is that in so doing, we will simultaneously create one of the most vast opportunities for new enterprise in recent history.

I couldn’t have said it any better myself…

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About Me

I am the former Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia. I also served as Director of Government Relations at Code for America, and as Director of the State of Delaware’s Government Information Center. For about six years, I served in the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS), and helped pioneer their work with state and local governments. I also led platform evangelism efforts for TTS’ cloud platform, which supports over 30 critical federal agency systems.

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