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Open for (Data) Business

Image courtesy of the Internet Sharing lessons learned from launching and marketing an Open Data portal, and pondering the similarities with struggles when I opened a business. ************************************************************************************* Disclaimer: All of the ideas expressed in this article are my personal statements and opinions, and do not reflect the opinions/statements of the City of Urbana. ************************************************************************************* When we launched our Open Data site on February 23, I was hopeful that it would grab our citizens’ attention and that usage would launch like a rocket. Well that didn’t happen. Instead, I found out that launching our Open Data site was only an incremental milestone for a larger effort.   This is not “Field of Dreams”… if you build it, they don’t automatically come. For me, this was a familiar feeling.  In 2009 I made a career shift and pursued a passion – I to