The CTO should ensure that agencies create websites that use open source software and distribute data in open formats that are accessible to all search engines. OMB should direct agencies to actively make all their online resources searchable by major public search engines and available in open formats.
Similarly, agencies should have a policy to exercise a preference for open-source software for government activities as a means to improve stability, transparency, metadata quality, and cost-efficiency.
Additionally, agencies should strongly consider supplementing increased searchability with proactive efforts to promote and advertise data to potential users who may not know the proper search terms to use to find the data. Agencies’ responsibility does not end with making data easier to find. Agencies also need to ensure that the information inside these databases is presented in a simple, straightforward manner that allows average citizens to understand and use the data.
- From the 21st Century RTK Agenda