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Open Data Now: The Secret to Hot Startups, Smart Investing, Savvy Marketing, and Fast Innovation [Kindle Edition]

Joel Gurin

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Get unprecedented access to thousands of databases. It's called Open Data, and it's revolutionizing business.

The business leader’s guide to using Open Data to analyze patterns and trends, manage risk, solve problems—and seize the competitive edge

Two major trends—the exponential growth of digital data and an emerging culture of disclosure and transparency—have converged to create a world where voluminous information about businesses, government, and the population is becoming visible, accessible, and usable. It’s called Open Data, and this book helps leaders harness its power to market and grow their companies.

Open Data Now gives you the knowledge and tools to take advantage of this phenomenon in its early stages—and beat the competition to leveraging its many benefits.

Joel Gurin is an expert on making complex data sets useful in solving consumer problems, analyzing corporate information, and addressing social issues. He has collaborated with leaders in data, technology, and policy in the U.S. and UK governments, including officials in the White House and 10 Downing Street and at more than 20 U.S. federal agencies.



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About the Author

From 2011 to 2012 Joel Gurin served as chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure, using Open Data to help consumers make informed choices on healthcare, financial services, education, and energy. An awardwinning science journalist, he is currently senioradvisor at the GovLab at New York University. Gurin is the former editorial director and executive vice president of Consumer Reports and the former chief of the consumer bureau of the Federal Communications Commission.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2181 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (10 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HUTE4C4
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read about innovations like GPS, Uber, and cell phones that are possible with availability of data 4 Jan. 2014
By Gail Shearer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is easy to take for granted the transformative innovations, such as cell phones, GPS and Uber, that have dramatically changed our lives. Open Data Now, an excellent book, provides a framework to better understand how data gathered and made public by the government has made innovations like these possible.

It provides practical examples that bring to life economic theories: disclosure of unbiased information improves market performance; companies exploit consumer confusion; transparent price comparisons benefit consumers; and consumer complaints can be a powerful force to improve markets.

Open Data Now is a must-read for those interested in being part of the information revolution that will continue to improve how we make decisions and conduct our lives, whether it be to access information about health care treatment options, store our personal health records, communicate with people we know and people across the world, conduct personal finance transactions, and many other areas.

More change is coming … thanks to the efforts by Joel Gurin and others both in and out of the government to accelerate the availability of data and to develop creative new tools to access it.. Gurin’s book helps us understand what is going on before our eyes in a new open information era that encourages transparency and data mining for the benefit of humankind.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chances Are That You've Already Used "Open Data" ... 19 Feb. 2014
By Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
... a weather service, GPS, genealogical records, etc. ... even though you may not have heard the term as it's explained in Joel Gurin's simple systematic "Open Data Now." This is a book intended to 'open' your computer, the very one you're looking at as you read this review, to a wealth of opportunities. Some of the chapters may not be addressed to your life style; some were not relevant to me. But the fact is that "information" is now a commodity most of us need more and more. Each of Gurin's chapters is a basic lesson in how to access and take advantage of data published freely on the internet by governments, businesses, and agencies of all sorts.

As they say at a sporting event, you can't know the players without a scorecard. This book will be your scorecard to learning, shopping, investing, and/or simply finding your way to Alice's Restaurant.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book on a rapidly evolving resource 18 Feb. 2014
By Sheri L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I sat down to read this book, and an hour later, I had burned a cake-- it is just that absorbing. Joel Gurin walks the reader through technology developments that are changing the ground beneath our feet. Government data and other major sources of large data sets are increasingly available. Technology companies as well as researchers are creatively using this data in powerful and creative ways, as featured throughout this book. Joel is perfectly poised to explain this information revolution and its meaning, and he writes in crisp, clear prose about the ways this data is already leading to major changes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review for Open Data Now 1 Feb. 2014
By Don Otto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The availability of Open Data and Big Data is increasing exponentially. Tremendous opportunities await for businesses and individuals who seek the challenge to harness these sources of information. Joel Gurin's groundbreaking book helps to lay a groundwork for those on this path. Gurin's book is accessible and engaging as it covers a wide area of relevant topics such as lean startups, government data and green investing. A detailed glossary and appendix make it easy for the novice to catch up on this burgeoning field. My favorite is the Venn diagram on page 253 which helps to graphically show commonalities and differences among "Big Data", "Open Government" and "Open Data". This book is not just for government wonks. It's for anyone interested in developing new ideas...or new applications using these ever increasing sources of data at our disposal.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A key data resource regardless of perspective or role in the data movement 26 Jan. 2014
By JPowellIWCS - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This text by Gurin provides value across a fairly wide spectrum. For those hoping for a primer on the evolution of open data, this is probably going to be one of your best resources. For students and small business owners, multiple examples of people employing open data in a new venture will provide several models upon which their new ventures could be developed. Additionally, multiple resources were mentioned that will provide value to those conducting research (e.g., graduate students or those with an interest in government or government contractor data). I really liked the flexibility of the book in that a framework related to several aspects of the open data concept was presented, and the reader is left with a well-stocked "to do" list for further exploration in whatever direction they choose to take their open data journey.
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