Making Data More Accessible

(@erick.gonzalez)

Making Data More Accessible

Include StratML among sets of data available at Data.gov

About StraML: Strategy Markup Language (StratML) is an XML vocabulary and schema for strategic plans. Its purposes include: * Facilitate the sharing, referencing, indexing, discovery, linking, reuse, and analyses of the elements of strategic plans, including goal and objective statements as well as the names and descriptions of stakeholder groups and any other content commonly included in strategic plans. * Enable... more »

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Use their FOIA logs to identify types or categories of information & post that information online without waiting for a FOIA req

Instruct agencies to post more information online based on requests from the public and frequently requested categories of information requested under FOIA.

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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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Lobbyists

This information may be somehow available somewhere, I don't know.

But since the lobbyists control Congress by their "contributions," it would be nice to find out easily what lobbyist, working for what interest group/corporation, is contributing how much money, to what Congressmen, regarding what legislation, pro or con.

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Release government-developed unclassified software as open source software, by default

By default, unclassified software which the government paid to develop should be released to the public as open source software (unless there’s a good reason not to). I’m sure there will need to be exceptions. There would need to be some sort of guidelines to figure out when to grant those exceptions, and those guidelines should be developed though lively discussion. Most obviously, if it’s a special ingredient necessary... more »

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Issue directive making federal disaster maps and data public

In recent disasters, such as the California wildfires, there were no publicly available computerized maps and data. At one point, state and local responders were relying on maps posted to Google maps by a local newspaper. FEMA customarily prepares computerized maps (GIS), but does not customarily release that data. It sometimes makes the data available to researchers and, nonpublicly, to other government agencies.... more »

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Stop the Presidential Debates being run by the Democratic Party and the GOP

The Presidential Debates are obviously very influential, but they are currently run by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which, in turn, is run by the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. This is fundamentally undemocratic.

 

It may make better television to have a "head-to-head" debate, but the election of the President is too important for that and more voices need to be heard by the nation.

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Reframe Campaign Donations

Create a category or an entire data base tracking every corporate or individual donation or gift that has been returned to a donor or regifted to a charitable organization from congressionals (Senate and House). Record date of receipt and date of rejection, amount and reason why the donation was not admitted. Of course the release of this information would have to be powered by the public servant, but it may prove irresistable... more »

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Monitoring how my house or senate rep voted on current or past issues that I care for

The idea: Have a small computer application developed similar to weather or stock report monitor that runs in the system tray that would constantly monitor voting statistics from the house and the senate. This application could be personalized by selecting your congressman and senators by entering your zipcode. It would also allow you on the ongoing basis to select the important issues (important issues for you) from... more »

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Freedom of the press cannot be full access for the press...

Freedom of the press as I understand it was supposed to guarantee free punblic speech on issues, especially where there may be a perceived failure of government policy. Unfortunately, no one is holding the press accountable for its policies and tactics, and failure to report the facts accurately and consistently throughout coverage of a story. When I watch the major news channels, they invariably make an initial mention... more »

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transparency

If your really trying to make the government more open,available and transparent why not publish a list of everyone who meets with or requests a meeting with the President and what topic was discussed. Also publish a list of all executive orders past and present, in detail, the purpose and implications of the order.

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