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The Opportunity Project and CISCO's DevNet Create Conference Attendees Harness Open Data to Create Public Solutions

Since data.gov launched in 2009, nearly 200,000 data sets have been posted for public use, including data on everything from public safety to affordable housing to weather. Access to that information is relevant to all of our daily lives, but for some people, it could be the key to keeping a roof over their heads or connecting them with the job they need to keep their family financially secure.

Department of Commerce Assumes Leadership of White House Opportunity Project

“Opportunity is missed by most people,” Thomas Edison said, “because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

Little known fact about Edison: Beyond his 1,000-plus inventions that changed the world, he was a driving force in the founding of the first Naval Research Laboratory in 1923. It launched a century of government-sponsored R&D that led to countless inventions from radar and jet engines, to GPS and the Internet. But while government hatched and supported the projects, it was collaboration with those outside the government that helped change the world.

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