President Obama signed an executive order in May requiring federal agencies to make all the data they collect in the future, open and machine readable by default. This will force a major shift in the way some agencies produce and share information. The administration hopes it will also be a cash cow for entrepreneurs looking to build businesses off data the government is collecting anyway.
November 27 Data.gov chief Jeanne Holm, who works out of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Los Angeles, talks about the challenges cities are facing with open data.
November 15 City residents will be able to have something like an Amazon purchase history of their interactions with the city.
October 22 At Nextgov Prime, we'll explore how agencies can take advantage of APIs to operate more effectively.
September 3 Deal with Socrata could help intelligence agencies share information more efficiently.
August 23 "Mind the Gap" takes advantage of open data to present a rotating, zoomable, ambient-noise-inflected model of London's train system.
August 19 Agencies get specifics on goals for creating machine-readable formats.
August 14 New York City and California have begun to offer up their GIS files to anyone who wants them, and early results are amazing.
August 9 Open data can fuel innovation, but only if you first fix your business practices.
July 17 The challenge is to align federal legislation with emerging international standards.
July 16 The new Next.data.gov website, still in beta form, boasts better search and responsive design.
June 25 The agency has a single Application Programming Interface that connects to 175 data sets.
June 10 Of course, these people know how to map their own mapping exploits.
June 6 Officials haven’t gathered enough feedback from visitors or conducted usability testing.
June 4 Tip: Don't post PDFs.
June 3 Government should make data that aids consumers both open and searchable, report says.
May 29 A look at the government's newly released streaming data feeds.
May 24 Treasury is interested in integrating open data into the next generation of financial systems.
May 23 Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel says the effort serves as 'a giant permission slip telling government now is the time to innovate.'
May 22 International Space Apps winners hailed from Kansas City, Philadelphia, Athens and London.
May 22 The list of nearly 300 federal APIs marks the one-year anniversary of the federal digital strategy.