Open analytics assume open data and open data is something that the Federal Government has been championing for over a decade. What’s unclear, though, is what kind of economic and public value that government open data can generate. We’re realizing that open data and open analytics must solve immediate real-world problems but opening the most useful data within government firewalls is difficult and time consuming because governments are unable to describe the value of making data more liquid. The most valuable kind of data is probably government performance and budget related but so far much of the analytics have been promoted by the government’s civic engagement and communications teams that are not accountable to actual agency performance. When the most vital and valuable data is identified, open analytics is easier. This talk will discuss some of the unique challenges facing open data and analytics within government, specifically on figuring out the economic and public value of open data.
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