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Report: Public and Private Sectors Realizing Benefits of Open Data

January 23, 2019

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan 23, 2019--The Data Foundation and Grant Thornton’s Public Sector practice today released the third edition of , which draws on 33 in-depth interviews with senior government and private-sector leaders.

This year’s report surveyed leaders in the open data world about the current landscape in three categories: data standardization, publication and sharing, and use.

“Our annual report seeks to inform the public’s understanding of open data’s history and current trends and highlight the perspectives of open data leaders,” said Sarah Joy Hays, interim president of the Data Foundation. “For three consecutive years, our survey on The State of the Union of Open Data indicates that open data is making strides. Its benefits are exponential: open data use can be applied to many different sectors of society and government, including healthcare, housing, education, and national defense.”

“Open data has grown well beyond its original applications in government. Increased standardization, sharing, and most importantly, use of open data has resulted in greater efficiency of government programs, expanded transparency, and better results,” said Adam Hughes, director of marketing and government affairs for Grant Thornton’s Public Sector practice. “We know from experience the expanded use of open data as reflected in this year’s report will help accelerate improvements in government programs and services and allow agency leaders to make better decisions about how to allocate scarce government resources.”

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Methodology

A standardized survey instrument was used to draw a set of common responses, with some survey questions repeated from the previous year to illuminate changes. Interviewees were also encouraged to provide context and additional observations to enrich the standardized response.

About The Data Foundation

The Data Foundation is the nation’s first industry-focused open data research organization. Through research, education, and programming, the Data Foundation supports the publication of government information as standardized, open data.

About Grant Thornton LLP

Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton, which has revenues in excess of $1.8 billion and operates 58 offices, works with a broad range of dynamic publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations.

“Grant Thornton” refers to Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL). GTIL and the member firms are not a worldwide partnership. Services are delivered by the member firms. GTIL and its member firms are not agents of, and do not obligate, one another and are not liable for one another’s acts or omissions. Please see grantthornton.com for further details.

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CONTACT: Carling Spelhaug

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Ecarling.spelhaug@us.gt.com

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linkedin.com/company/gtpublicsectorJessica Yabsley

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Ejessica.yabsley@datafoundation.org

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KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY DATA MANAGEMENT PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT PUBLIC POLICY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONSULTING

SOURCE: Grant Thornton

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