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Open Data - Open Government

Robert J. Freeman, James Hendler, & John KaehnyWhat does open data - open government mean for New York State government entities? How do government entities deal with the ever growing groundswell to open data and the expectations for more, accurate and usable data? How and what needs to be considered as entities dive into the open data/open government pool?

On September 13th, The NYS Forum was pleased to welcome Robert J. Freeman, Executive Director, NYS Committee on Open Government; James Hendler, Head Computer Science Department, Tetherless World Constellation Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and John Kaehny, Executive Director, Reinvent Albany.


James HendlerAs renowned and respected leaders in the field of open information and data, our presenters addressed those questions and provided insight on trends, observations, proven strategies and pitfalls that can be used to inform government agency decisions and practices related to opening and sharing data.

A day doesn't pass where we don't hear about open government and access to data and information. The amount of data available to the public has grown exponentially in the last few years and the United States is recognized internationally as a leader in this effort. Access to information and data is often touted as a factor in improving government performance and services, reducing inefficiencies, increasing public participation and as an economic driver.

It is a goal of The NYS Forum to provide you with timely and significantly valuable sessions that can advance New York States' IT practices and improve the delivery of services to New Yorkers.

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