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What will it take to make open data the default for all public data? How can developing countries leverage new data sources from the private sector? These were among the questions discussed during the World Bank’s recent official Spring Meetings data revolution event, “Talking about a Data Revolution,” as well as at an afternoon session with guests from the private sector.
The private sector is increasingly using open data in ways that are not only commercially viable but also produce measurable social impact. What is missing is financing that can help catalyze the growth of data fueled businesses in emerging economies. We are developing a fund that will address this precise need.
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.