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Major step taken in US open data policy

US: US President Barack Obama has signed an Executive Order in a groundbreaking step to make information generated and stored by the Federal Government more open and accessible to public. The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy have released an Open Data Policy declaring that information is a valuable national asset whose value is multiplied when it is made easily accessible to the public.

The move will make troves of previously inaccessible or unmanageable data easily available to entrepreneurs, researchers, and others who can use those files to generate new products and services, build businesses, and create jobs.

The US government compared the open data policy with the free availability of weather data and GPS to anyone. Since then, entrepreneurs and innovators have used these resources to create navigation systems, weather newscasts, location-based applications, precision farming tools and much more.

Source: The White House