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The Social Impact of Open Data

by Daniel Castro

Government agencies collect a vast amount of data that has the potential to usher in large-scale social benefits, but these agencies must ensure that their data is not locked up. By making their data freely available without restrictions, government agencies can enable individuals and private organizations to leverage public data—including weather information, maps, legal filings, financial statements, health indicators, and education metrics—to make the world a better place. This includes efforts to build sustainable communities, coordinate disaster response, improve health and educational outcomes, reduce crime and recidivism, and strengthen accountability in the public and private sector. Already, a wide variety of organizations and individuals have driven social change using government data that has been made available for reuse.

Join the Center for Data Innovation and the Sunlight Foundation for a panel discussion highlighting the impact of open data across education, health care, international development, and other fields.

Opening Remarks:

  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission


  • Daniel Castro, Director, Center for Data Innovation
  • Sandra Moscoso, Deputy Program Manager, World Bank (slides)
  • Brian Rayburn, Lead Data Scientist, Symcat
  • Emily Shaw, National Policy Manager, Sunlight Foundation (slides)

Date and Time:

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from noon – 1:30 PM EDT


  • 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005



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