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GWSB Hosts White House Jam on Data

Ted Beck, president and CEO of the National Endowment for Financial Education, was among the speakers at the "data jam" hosted by GWSB.

GWSB hosted a diverse group of executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and policy and technology experts for a brainstorming and roundtable policy discussion on how government data can be put to better use, including in job creation.

The invitation-only “data jam” on July 10 was co-sponsored by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education.  It is part of the Obama administration’s Education Data Initiative launched to spur entrepreneurship.

The idea is to bring together experts to figure out new applications, products, services and features that could be developed using open government education data and soon-to-be-available “smart disclosure” education data.  It is hoped that the sessions will generate ideas for creating new business ventures and public-private partnerships.

Todd Park

Among those participating in the GWSB event were Todd Park, U.S. chief technology officer and assistant to the president; Jim Shelton, the Education Department’s assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement; and GWSB’s Annamaria Lusardi, the Denit Trust Professor of Economics and Accountancy and director of the Global Center for Financial Literacy.

Opening remarks were delivered by Dean Doug Guthrie, who said the event demonstrated how business and society intersect – in this case through the use of government data to spur business development and address social issues.

The administration’s Education Data Initiative is part of a series of Open Data Initiatives in energy, health care, public safety, and education that are aimed at sparking new tools, products, and services – including mobile apps and websites – while protecting information that is personal, proprietary or involves national security.

Potential areas for opportunity include empowering students to securely download copies of their transcripts; making federal higher education databases available to students who are making college decisions; and making individual federal financial aid applications and award data securely available to applicants and borrowers.

 

Posted by gwsb on July 17, 2012 | Filed under: GWSB News.


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