Our society uses data for many reasons that affect how we make decisions. Data can be used to improve government decision making, inform business decisions, or spur innovation. On October 30, 2019, the Data Coalition hosted its premier data policy summit, GovDATAx, which focused on the different ways we use data and the supporting government initiatives: data for analysis, for transparency, for accountability, for enforcement, and for civic engagement.
GovDATAx united the diverse members of the data community to increasingly work together and collaborate on the strategies for unleashing data for the public good. Our summit offered a unique opportunity to discuss policies for making high-quality government data more accessible and useful. The summit bridged the traditional organizational and disciplinary silos across the data community to focus on shared goals of producing government data that can be responsibly used to improve society.