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What Hamilton and Data Visualizations Have in Common

Introducing the cast of Hamilton at the Tony Awards, President Barack Obama referred to the award-winning musical not only as "a smash hit, but a civics lesson our kids can't get enough of … where rap is the language of revolution, and hip hop it's urgent soundtrack."

Driving Commerce Data onto New Platforms…

During the holiday season, more of us spend more time trying to think about how we gave back this year and commit to give back in the next year. Here at Commerce, we have information that can help you target that giving, and to make other decisions, and we have been working hard to bring you more ways you can get that information.

Combining Open Commerce Datasets to Drive Better Trade Business Intelligence

“We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.”—Sheryl Sandberg

As we bring private-sector innovators and technologies into our challenge to use public data to solve public problems, it’s striking how many are finding new ways to break through and apply their passions, talents and interests:

  • We have one company that is making our data available free and open on a platform with 700,00 data scientists.
  • We have another company that is wrangling, integrating, and presenting our data with information from a number of other public sources.
  • A third is making Commerce data more accessible via interactive visualizations and filters.

Brad Burke and Jeff Chen: Driving the Commerce Data Mission Forward

“Any transition is easier,” Piryanka Chopra says, “if you believe in yourself and your talent.” 

Who is Ms. Chopra?  She’s a young woman whose life has been in constant transition, from being shuttled all over India as a child to becoming a best-known and award-winning Bollywood star and now the first South Asian to headline an American network thriller (Quantico).  Not to mention one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights.

“Omne Vivum Ex Vivo” for Data-Driven Health

Louis Pasteur’s law of biogenesis (reflected in the above Latin phrase meaning “all life from life”) might well capture how we see our mission at Commerce to democratize and harness public data to drive innovation and help solve big public problems.

To explain, we see in countless ways every day—from patent search that begets new patents, to trade data used to fuel exports—how mining and combining open public data, and combining public data with private data sets, multiplies its value and impact. Just as Pasteur’s microorganisms multiplying in an open flask led to life-saving vaccinations and drugs.

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