New U.S. Government Resource: Open Innovation Toolkit

Posted on February 14, 2012 by

The toolkit might be of special interest to infotech, business, government researchers. However, the resources featured will likely be of value to many others.

From the Open Government Initiative Blog:

On his last day in office, then-U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra released the Open Innovator’s Practitioner’s Toolbox.  It contains 20 of the best disruptive innovation practices conceived and built by entrepreneurs across government.  They provide a rich set of guiding principles that any Federal, state, and local government can use to support rapid innovation supporting economic growth and job creation.

A key component of open innovation is the identification and publication of machine-readable government data.  By releasing such data, we can build new ways of understanding, using, and visualizing the delivery and impact of government functions.

These government data become the rocket fuel necessary for innovators to do what they do best – innovate.  One example of the power of open data is the Community Health Data Initiative, which released a wealth of data on health care and determinants of health performance to the public, free of charge and without any intellectual property constraint, in an accessible, standardized, structured, downloadable format.  Using these data, the Department of Health and Human Services built an insurance finder application that not only allows citizens to see what public- and private-sector insurance options are available in their area but also gives the public a better understanding of the quality of care that is delivered.   Another example of this approach is Blue Button, a collaborative effort between the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, which allows individuals to access and download information from their My HealtheVet personal health record into a simple text file or PDF that can be read, printed, or saved on any computer. It gives people complete control of this information to share with healthcare providers, caregivers, and other trusted individuals.

Open Innovator’s Practitioner’s Toolbox