Pics, Vids, Recap: #OpenData2013
Video #1 —> OpenGov Co-Founder Darrell Issa
Video #2 —> House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Recap --> Yesterday, we had the opportunity to join Data Transparency Conference 2013, put on by the awesome Data Transparency Coalition. Billed as the federal government’s first dedicated data transparency event…
"For the first time, the leading advocates of these policies - from the executive branch, the legislative branch, the nonprofit sector, the tech industry, and the financial industry - will gather to compare the history and chart the future of open data.
"Open data will transform government and society - by delivering transparency and accountability, illuminate and eliminating waste and fraud, empowering Big Data analytics, automating once-manual compliance processes, connecting citizens to services, and bringing actionable intelligence to investors and markets. Open data will also drive new high-tech businesses by enabling the creation of software tools to accomplish all of these tasks. Data Transparency 2013 will feature an exhibition of the first of these businesses, presented by the innovators and entrepreneurs who are building them.”
Code doesn’t write itself, so we had to leave at lunchtime (actually, we were detained by President Obama a bit before leaving). But before departing, we got to see our co-founder Congressman Darrell Issa and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor address the crowd.
It’s a great sign for open government, open data and, frankly, better governance that influential Congress-people like them are embracing data transparency.