Making Data More Accessible

Making Data More Accessible

Open source America's "operating system"

Carl Malamud has been working for years to make government publications accessible to everyone. (I don't know Carl personally in any way but his efforts at public.resource.org speak for themselves.) You need to hire Carl Malamud into the Government Printing Office so he can use the internal tools that already exist in government to keep our laws open and easily accessible.

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(@ndickover)

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Use CRADA agreements to allow Open Source Community to help make govt data transparent

The government allows "Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADA) to bring together government and public researchers to work on joint projects in which no money changes hands. CRADA agreements allow both parties to share in the resultant research. CRADA agreements should be used to allow developers in the open source community and elsewhere to come in and aid Federal Agencies in making their data transparent.... more »

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(@dcastro)

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Make Government Web Site Usage Statistics Public

The government should create a standard front-end to allow citizens to see federal government web site usage data. Putting this data online would provide more transparency on public spending. For example, popular websites would likely be more deserving of continued support, whereas unused websites might be properly targeted to cut funds. A good interface to this data might also help citizens find interesting or useful... more »

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Make Immigration process transparent

HI !! I think government should make immigration process transparent. I don't understand why a super power like US would have an immigration system in which you wouldn't know when you will get your case processed. One month we receive a newsletter saying that EB2 and EB3 categories are current for India and the next month it goes back 4-5 years or becomes unavailable for the rest of the year. Why can't we have a transparent... more »

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Mandate open formats in all government documents

The ability of citizens to read or fill out electronic documents from the government should *NOT* be dependent on their use of a particular company's office product. This is indirectly subsidizing said company by government fiat. All electronic documents from the government should be published in a vendor-neutral format fully supported by multiple companies and/or free software, to maximize the opportunity for citizen... more »

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Save Money - Require government to use Open Source Software whenever possible

The government is a huge customer for closed source proprietary software which incurs an unnecessary expense to taxpayers in software licensing fees. The general philosophy of open source software is that "more heads are better than one" when it comes to developing a logical solution to problem-solving. This philosophy compliments the role of our government which goes something like "for the people by the people"

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Standard Format for all Federal Web Sites

All federal offices ought to use a standard format for their web pages, and there should be a central page linking to the other sites. This page could contain the latest blog posts, videos, most viewed pages, etc. If an elementary school student cannot effectively navigate the entire federal government from one end to the other, then the information is not truly accessible to everyone. Also there should be the option... more »

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Automated Translation of Federal, State, and Local Government Websites

There is technology available that allows for quick and fairly accurate translation of websites. Once translation service that my organization has utilized is WorldLingo. It isn't perfect, but if you have someone who can spend some time on it (no special language skills needed) it can be made pretty accurate, and its cheap enough to make it practical to offer a multitude of languages. This could help newcomers to the... more »

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Be Careful - New Technologies Can Uncover Sensistive Information from Seemingly "Open" Data

While we applaud the Administration's open initiatives here, it bears noting that our adversaries possess sophisticated technology that can produce very insightful information from what many might consider "open source", "unclassified" data. We should proceed very carefully "opening" up government information to the world.

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(@tim0001)

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Open Data Principles

Adopt the open data principles articulated by Carl Malamud and team. From http://resource.org/8_principles.html Government data shall be considered open if it is made public in a way that complies with the principles below: 1. Complete: All public data is made available. Public data is data that is not subject to valid privacy, security or privilege limitations. 2. Primary: Data is as collected at the source, with... more »

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(@wondernugget)

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Old Technology?

In order to have a transparent government we need to get the American people involved. The only way to succeed is to make it more interesting so people can watch it on a video VIA Television and newer means of viewing. Television was created as a communication tool and now it's just a box of advertisements and programs designed to keep us watching. We should use this tool and create a prime (non cable channel) Television... more »

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Present data in a usable format

Commit to XML & standards of data formats to allow people to build their own linkages of data rather than rigid schemas - to accelerate the usability of information & accelerate innovation. There should also be a commitment to creating subschemas or data transforms if/when data formats change, so that we do not get the equivalent of www 404 errors - broken links. How do we assure that our work is of greater value... more »

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