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Commerce secretary pledges full embrace of open data

“America’s data agency.” That’s how Bruce Andrews, the Commerce Department’s acting deputy secretary, described the business affairs agency before a meeting of the Open Data Roundtable this week.

 

In a guest blog post on Commerce.gov, Andrews outlined the agency’s mission and vowed to redouble its efforts to make put more data as well as tools to manage it into the hands of business and industry.

 

“Our goal is to unleash even more government data to help business leaders make the best possible decisions, while creating fertile ground for more startups,” Andrews said.  

 

“The best way to do that is to listen to suggestions from those already using our data – and to get the private sector’s guidance on where the federal government can unlock the greatest value in our data sets.”

 

The Open Data Roundtable was organized by the GovLab at New York University, the Commerce Department and the White House Office of Technology Policy. It is the first of several future events planned with federal agencies, including the Agriculture, Labor, Transportation and Treasury departments.

Andrews told the 21 companies convened that the department is working with other federal agencies to improve data interoperability and dissemination.

 

“We understand the necessity of ensuring that data is easy to find, understand, and access,” Andrews wrote.

 

“We recognize the urgent need to get this right, and we know that only by listening to the business community, partnering with industry, and collaborating with fellow government agencies, can we best serve our customers and unleash the full power and potential of open data.”

Posted by GCN Staff on Jun 24, 2014 at 8:17 AM


Reader Comments

Tue, Jul 1, 2014 Don O'Neill

Commerce's Bruce Andrews needs to become familiar with IBM Watson if he wants to meet the goal to unleash government data to help business leaders make the best possible decisions.

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