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Jan. 18, 2017 7:39 am

The GovLab wants to build a Wikipedia of open data

NYU's open government boosters hope increased collaboration can lead to innovative solutions.
The GovLab introduces DataCollaboratives.org.

The GovLab introduces DataCollaboratives.org.

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What if data could be collected and searched online in the same way that Wikipedia is? How much benefit could that have for research and problem solving?

That’s the idea behind a new project by NYU Tandon’s GovLab, DataCollaboratives.org.

“Data Collaboratives are an emerging form of public-private partnership in which participants from different sectors — including private companies, research institutions, and government agencies — exchange data to help solve public problems,” the GovLab’s Andrew Young writes in a post.

The GovLab has long been a proponent of open data. In September we caught up with cofounder Stefaan Verulst, who had plenty to say on the global case for open data.

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