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No open data? No problem. 5 ways entrepreneurs are fueling open data in the developing world

According to a blog post on THE WORLD BANK DATA BLOG, open data is creating opportunities for governments to work more efficiently and effectively, for citizens to engage with government and take a more active role in communities, for activists to support their advocacy efforts with facts, for entrepreneurs to bring new products and services to market, and for the bulk of us to be able to make everyday decisions

 

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On the entrepreneurial side, the World Bank's Open Finances team has been exploring the commercial value of open data, and looking for opportunities to support entrepreneurs. These goals are achievable thanks to governments who have fostered innovation around public data by taking the step to open it. What happens when governments haven't yet opened public data? Is it possible for entrepreneurs to take advantage of open data where it does not exist?

The answer to this sounds a lot like "yes." The opportunity, however, may be more in the data collection and liberation than in simply the consumption.

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