Filling open data’s empty ‘Field of Dreams’

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July 5, 2018

Filling open data’s empty ‘Field of Dreams’

Nine years after the government introduced Data.gov, the promise of open data remains an open question for federal agencies. While data transparency has worked well and provided citizens with easier access to information, it has not yielded the anticipated influx of hungry start-up businesses seeking to capitalize on the market for open data solutions.

Unlike Kevin Costner’s character in “Field of Dreams,” agencies are finding that just because you build it, it does not mean that they – the innovators – will come. As such, agencies must take it upon themselves to revitalize their open data efforts and, in the process, improve services, decrease costs, and increase citizen engagement and satisfaction.

Here’s how.