WASHINGTON (May 9, 2013) - In response to the announcement today that President Obama has issued an executive order to make more government data open and accessible, ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro issues the following statement:
"We live in an era in which massive amounts of information are collected, analyzed, integrated and disseminated in novel ways to make the world a better place. Data is driving innovation and growth in virtually every industry, from health care to transportation. Creating better methods for utilizing this information will be a key to the continuing evolution of the digital economy.
Today's executive order will make the enormous volume of data generated by the federal government more accessible for entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators across the country. The enhanced utilization of this information will greatly improve the development and deployment of new data innovation technologies, while also increasing novel product development and new business creation.
We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to pursue additional strategies to leverage data to improve government, enhance quality of life, and grow our economy. In addition, we hope today's announcement will spur state and local governments to create similar policies to further unleash the potential benefits of data."
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.