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The Global Impact of Open Data by Stefaan Verhulst, Andrew Young

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Part IV. Case Studies: Creating Opportunity

According to our research, open data is creating new opportunities for citizens and organizations in many contexts. The ability to leverage open data as an asset is promoting economic growth, job creation and an improved capacity for innovation across regions and sectors.

The case studies in this section examine:

  • The creation of new industries built on open weather data released by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
  • The generation of billions of dollars of economic activity as a result of the Global Positioning System (GPS) being opened to the global public in the 1980s, and the United Kingdom’s Ordnance Survey geospatial offerings.
  • A more level playing field for small businesses in New York City seeking market research data.

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