"Open data" is publicly available data that is structured in a way that enables the data to be fully discoverable and usable by end users. It can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone. Its value lies not only in what it does today, but also in what it can do in the future. It is a valuable national resource and a strategic asset to the federal government, its partners, and the public. The importance of open data is further underscored by White House directives and the Department of Commerce and USPTO Strategic Plans.
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