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Africa: USAID Announces New Open Data for Agriculture at G-8 Conference
Source: allafrica.com
Source Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Created: May 02, 2013

At the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the release of exciting new datasets and tools that increase transparency and provide the fuel for innovators and decision makers to solve problems.

The conference, hosted by the United States Government, convened countries from the G-8 and New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition to discuss the potential of open data for agriculture and develop action plans to open and apply food security relevant datasets. To demonstrate the power of open data to deliver solutions, the conference also featured technologists and entrepreneurs who use USAID and U.S Government data to develop products to bring real solutions to the developing world.

Global development is one of the six focus areas of the Open Data Initiatives projects developed by the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. The Open Data Initiatives focus on liberating government data and voluntarily contributed corporate data to fuel entrepreneurship, create jobs, and improve lives.

This is also part of the Obama Administration's Open Government Initiative, and the announcements yesterday are representative of how government agencies are exploring the ways that citizens can benefit from the increased availability and application of public information. At the conference, Todd Park, Assistant to the President and U.S. Chief Technology Officer offered, "big kudos to everyone attending the G8 Open Data for Agriculture conference who has committed to making their troves of data open and available to the public. By liberating data from the vaults of government and the private sector, we can accelerate the use of open agriculture and nutrition data to advance global food security while also fueling the growth of new businesses and jobs."

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