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Open data makes great promises and offers untapped benefits

Government agencies and city officials often open their data as a result of top-down pressure to champion efficiency, meet citizen demand or increase transparency through the number of datasets released rather than the impact these datasets may create. They often do not understand the hidden costs associated with opening their data and miss opportunities to leverage knowledge from communities.
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People Impacted
$ 93B
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Open data makes great promises and offers untapped benefits for individual, public and private decision-making. However, these benefits often come with hidden costs and risks to data providers. In deciding whether or not to open up their data, decision makers - across all sectors and at all levels - often do not fully understand the levers they can operate or in which direction to pull them.

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