White House Announces Open Data Policy ‘To Fuel More Private Sector Innovation’

The Obama Administration on Thursday took groundbreaking new steps to make information generated and stored by the Federal Government more open and accessible to innovators and the public, to fuel entrepreneurship and economic growth while increasing government transparency and efficiency. Thursday’s actions—including an executive order signed by the president and an Open Data Policy released by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy—declare that information is a valuable national asset whose value is multiplied when it is made easily accessible to the public. The executive order requires that, going forward, data generated by

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