Session 19A

Open Data and the Data Economy: Contrasting Public and Private Models to Incentivize Data Sharing

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The nation’s first Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, appointed by Obama in 2009, stated at the time that a 2-way interaction between government and its citizens “will require a massive transformation by the government, on the back end” to achieve the objective. One of Kundra’s first steps was to create a new site,, with the goal of creating a repository for all the information the government collects. Kundra pointed to NIH’s Human Genome Project as a successful government use case, and noted that his office would encourage assessment of cloud computing as an enabling infrastructure. This session will bring together two experts in “open data” to compare public and private models for data sharing, data privacy, and regulatory oversight. Dr. Chaitan Baru is currently on leave from the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the National Science Foundation, and has participated in Federal efforts to incentivize data sharing. Dr. Tom Haegemans is Co-Founder & Research Lead of, a start-up focused on providing insight and services to client-centered companies wanting to develop personal private data webs or connect to the world-wide personal data web. Moderators Pieter de Leenheer and James Short will interview Baru and Haegemans on the common goals and contrasting business models in public and private organizations for incentivizing data sharing behaviors and investments in “open data.” Participants will take away a deeper understanding of US and EU strategies encouraging data sharing and use cases supporting public and private technology investments.


Dr. Pieter de Leenheer

CTO, Zenoptics

Dr. James Short

Lead Scientist, San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC San Diego

Dr. Chaitan Baru

Senior Science Advisor, National Science Foundation

Dr. Tom Haegemans

Co-Founder and Research Lead, Digita


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