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Open Data Now is the first complete book on Open Data. For that fact alone author Joel Gurin has offered a tremendous resource on this fast-growing field. He takes readers on a guided tour of all the manic energy transforming Open Data in nearly every sector. Startups and innovators emerge from each page to tell the story of an economy and society transformed.
Written by Melissa Guay, a Researcher in the Emerging Issues division.
On the quiet corner of a small Texas strip mall this past month, a local Chinese eatery became the setting for a groundbreaking use of an everyday tool. A hurried phone call from an employee of the popular Dragon One restaurant had brought police cruisers to the front door in minutes.
Data fuels America’s economic engine, but few of us ever look under the hood. We’re usually content to leave its detailed workings alone while we go on consuming and producing endless streams of information. All the while, data grows in significance and value to our everyday lives.