Grade A Idea: ‘My Data Button’ Brings Ed Records to You


When you hear the words “we’re from the government, and we’re here to help you,” skeptics advise fleeing in the other direction.US Office of Science and Technology Policy Seal

However, when U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the “My Data Button” initiative last Thursday for freeing individual education records from the government and giving control over them to the individual, the expression rang true.

My Data Button would give individuals the power to access and import their federal education data for their own use.  The rationale is simple: It’s our data, and we should be able to have a copy to use however we want.

Three private sector companies stepped up to help make this announcement become a reality.  As Chopra announced, Personal – in addition to Microsoft and Parchment – committed to offering services to help individuals upload, access and control this information.  We are proud to join this effort.

Imagine having all of your education records in a Gem housed in your own data vault, conveniently at your fingertips and ready for reuse in your private, personal network.  Apps built on our platform would also help mash it together with other data to learn new things about yourself and to help with educational and financial planning, using, for example, federal student loan information.

If Chopra – who has been the Obama Administration’s passionate and effective voice for liberating individual data from government stockpiles — has his way, this idea won’t be left to the imagination.

Read Aneesh’s blog post, and view the Administration’s fact sheet, which mentions Personal’s commitment.

Josh

By Josh Galper in Power Shift

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