Why Free Government Data Remains A Tough Sell

Open government data holds great economic promise. But solving the technical hurdles addresses only part of the challenge of bringing the data to market.

Open data advocates tout free government data as one of the world's great resources for fueling innovation and economic growth. However, despite some early successes in helping entrepreneurs turn data into dollars, White House efforts to jump-start an open data economy are taking longer than administration officials had hoped. And some experts worry that not enough attention is being paid to who will pay for hosting and sustaining the coming flood of data.

Those were some of the sobering messages to come out of the Data Innovation forum hosted last week by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation's Center for Data Innovation. Continue>>>