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Update from the White House: Data is a Valuable Economic Driver

Thanks to Greg Meier over at VETransfer for shooting this my way. This is a great first step for any government entity looking to push open data: a statement of how valuable data is to their economic development plan. This could be something Milwaukee could emulate in its own way. Read on:

Earlier today, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing his administration to take historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Executive Order declares that information is a valuable resource and strategic asset for the nation.
  • Newly generated government data will be required to be made available in open, machine-readable format by default — enhancing their accessibility and usefulness, and ensuring privacy and security.
  • These executive actions will allow entrepreneurs and companies to take advantage of this information — fueling economic growth in communities across the Nation.

Watch this short video and find out more about today’s announcement:

Watch the video

Thank you again for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing the growing public good that will be created by entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators like you as you use an expanding supply of open data to fuel new products and services, launch new businesses, and fuel job growth across America.

All the best,


Todd Park
Chief Technology Officer
Office of Science and Technology Policy
The White House