“Open Data and the United Nations: experts reflect on current open data challenges within the UN and outline a path forward” | The Governance Lab @ NYUThe Governance Lab @ NYU

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The emergence of open data, that is data sets that public and private entities make publicly available, has created a groundswell of excitement within governance, academia, and multi-lateral sectors because of its potential to make public services more efficient, hold elected officials accountable, generate economic value, and shorten the distance between governments and citizens. The United Nations has been opening up statistical and programmatic data for years now, and as experts learn more about the field of open data, it is important to reflect on the opportunities to maximize open data adoption within the UN. On April 2, the Governance Lab (the GovLab) and the United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN) convened a meeting to reflect upon a wide array of issues pertaining to the value of open data – with a particular focus on the United Nations. The meeting brought together technology experts, academics, United Nations officials, and officials from the U.S. Mission to the UN (see below for a full list of participants) to discuss how the UN currently uses open data; reflect on open data initiatives both inside and outside the UN to draw comparative analyses; discuss the value proposition for using open data within the UN; and determine the gaps and additional areas of consideration. Some highlights from the meeting:



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04/18/2014, 22:34

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04/18/2014, 18:34