On July 14, 2014 at the 2014 Esri International User’s Conference in San Diego, California, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker discussed the Department of Commerce’s expanding role as “America’s Data Agency.” In her remarks, she described how the Commerce Department’s data collection – which literally reaches from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun – not only informs trillions of dollars of private and public investments each year and plants the seeds of economic growth, but also saves lives.
Secretary Pritzker outlined several new ways the Department of Commerce is working to unlock the potential of even more open data to make government smarter. For example, she announced that the Commerce Department plans to hire its first-ever Chief Data Officer. The Department’s International Trade Administration has also launched its “Developer Portal,” an online toolkit to put diverse sets of trade and investment data in a single place. In addition, the Commerce Department is creating a data advisory council, comprised of 15 private sector leaders that will advise the Department on the best use of government data.