Commerce Dept’s Bruce Andrews: Open Government Data Key to Bolstering Businesses

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big dataActing Deputy Commerce Secretary Bruce Andrews believes government data could help businesses inform their decisions and create opportunities for startups.

Andrews told an open data roundtable discussion that Sec. Penny Pritzker considers data to be a vital part for the Commerce Department’s strategy to “deliver the tools and information” necessary to shore up businesses, the department said Thursday.

“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 told the roundtable.

“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,” he added.

Andrews also said the department is working with other government agencies and the private sector on data sharing and dissemination.

GovLab at NYU, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Commerce Department organized the roundtable as part of efforts to achieve those goals.

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