The Data Foundation is thrilled to announce its fourth annual open data conference, Data Transparency 2016. DT2016 will bring together government leaders, transparency advocates, and the technology industry to transform government information from disconnected documents into open data. DT2016 will be held on Wednesday, September 28, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
As one of its program tracks, DT2016 will feature the first-ever federal Open Data Summit, a celebration of eight years of open data progress by federal agencies across diverse domains like energy, health care, and transportation.
The Data Transparency Coalition is changing its name to Data Coalition. Today also marks the launch of the Data Foundation, the nation’s first industry-focused open data research organization. Through research, education, and programming, the new Foundation will illuminate the benefits of transforming government information into standardized, open data.
The Data Foundation and PwC Public Sector have co-published Standard Business Reporting: Open Data to Cut Compliance Costs, which details how Australia and the Netherlands were able to cut a combined total of roughly $832 million in costs related to regulation compliance, a number projected to increase with time. The countries accomplished this feat by replacing staid document-based regulation reporting with standardized and open data formats, a concept known as Standard Business Reporting.
For advocates of data transparency in government, there is much to feel good about these days. Public officials aren’t just taking an increased interest in open data. They are doing so for increasingly good reasons.
In “The State of the Union of Open Data, 2016,” a paper co-authored by Grant Thornton and The Data Foundation — an open data research organization that supports standardization efforts throughout the federal government — multiple agency leaders acknowledge the value of open data, but note that the federal government is still in the early stages of capitalizing on it.
Government’s pivot toward open data can be seen with the passage of the Data Act in 2014 and the Obama administration’s focus on open government initiatives. But data standardization has not progressed at the rate necessary to take advantage of the growing amount of open data, a new report from the Data Foundation and Grant Thornton said.