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Making Data More Accessible

Agencies should create websites that use open source software and distribute data in open formats that are accessible to all sea

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... more »

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Making Data More Accessible

Limit government use of classified satellite data

The Problem: In 2007, the Bush administration decided to allow more federal agencies to use data from intelligence satellites, i.e., classified data. Nearly all federal agencies these days use satellite imagery, but non-classified imagery is adequate to meet most non-intel needs based on my experience as a GIS specialist at a federal homeland security agency. To oversee the distribution of that data, the Bush administration... more »

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Government data enhancements (data.gov)

Data.gov should have a crawling program to identify data agencies make available (usually as CSVs) & use a standard page listing the field names. Commonly accessed data should have more in depth description of fields provided by the corresponding agency.

Widgets for blogs & other personal pages should be made to allow easy utilization of the data for casual or non-technical individuals. Simple functions could include... more »

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Public-Private Partnerships

Accountability for Government Funded Non-Profit Service Providers

Local governments across the United States partner with countless non-profit service organizations to provide all kinds of services to constituents - education, health, children's services, etc. The government spends billions through grants and contracts to these providers, but often does not have the capacity to ensure that these organizations are meeting their goals. For example, supplementary educational organizations... more »

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Importance of Data

data.gov may be the most important idea so far, but it will only work if the government also takes explicit steps to (a) get as much data as possible onto the site; and (b) takes aggressive steps to make the public aware of the site and what is on it. I suggest some or all of the following:

1. prizes for the best app based on data from data.gov

2. prizes for the best use of data from data.gov

3. require/encourage/whatever... more »

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Require all information delivered to the government to be delivered in open and standard formats

The government collects and pays for the collection and development of an enormous amount of information. This information is frequently not delivered to the government in a way that maximizes its value. For example, data may be collected on the processes of an agency, the design of a ship or the number of fish living in a river. If this information is delivered in paper documents or “PDF” files it is very difficult... more »

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