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.
March 6 The third group of Presidential Innovation Fellows will focus on open data and crowdsourcing.
February 27 The country is investing $3 million in a program to get government and private data into the right hands.
February 20 Entrepreneurs tell us what’s working and what isn’t in the drive to open up government data.
February 13 Agencies could learn a great deal from Mike Bracken, director of the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service.
January 31 Obama officials want to roll back a DATA Act requirement for common spending codes across agencies. Mark Warner, D-Va., disagrees.
January 23 Other large open government data consumers include Google, Yahoo and Deloitte.
January 14 Open data is helping people find their way out of disaster zones and beware of unsafe products.
January 13 In a representative democracy, data only goes so far—and knowledge is no substitute for real regulation.
December 30, 2013 Disasters at HealthCare.gov and the possibility of major IT buying reform top the list.
November 27, 2013 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, 2013 City residents will be able to have something like an Amazon purchase history of their interactions with the city.
October 22, 2013 At Nextgov Prime, we'll explore how agencies can take advantage of APIs to operate more effectively.
September 3, 2013 Deal with Socrata could help intelligence agencies share information more efficiently.
August 23, 2013 "Mind the Gap" takes advantage of open data to present a rotating, zoomable, ambient-noise-inflected model of London's train system.
August 19, 2013 Agencies get specifics on goals for creating machine-readable formats.
August 14, 2013 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, 2013 Open data can fuel innovation, but only if you first fix your business practices.
July 17, 2013 The challenge is to align federal legislation with emerging international standards.
July 16, 2013 The new Next.data.gov website, still in beta form, boasts better search and responsive design.
June 25, 2013 The agency has a single Application Programming Interface that connects to 175 data sets.