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Open Data

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.

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How Government Data Could Make College Cheaper

April 16 The Education Department is asking developers how they could use APIs to make college a better value for students.

New Section Profiles the Companies That Use It

April 8 There's a push to bring data consumers into the open-data conversation.

Leaders Split on Whether the Obama Administration Can Accomplish Its IT Goals

March 31 Only 32 percent of surveyed tech leaders say their agencies are up to the task.

The White House Wants More Fossils and Moon Rocks Online

March 21 Agencies have six months to develop draft policies for expanding online access to scientific collections.

White House Releases Climate Data Set, Challenges Developers to Use It

March 19 The first data set focuses on coastal flooding and sea level rise.

Harvard's Houghton Library

Harvard's Looking for a 'Wikipedian in Residence'

March 14 The school's Houghton Library is seeking someone to help make its collections as accessible as possible.

Private-Sector Technologists -- the White House Wants You

March 6 The third group of Presidential Innovation Fellows will focus on open data and crowdsourcing.

How Canada Plans to Fuel Its Economy With Data

February 27 The country is investing $3 million in a program to get government and private data into the right hands.

How Government Data Is Fueling a New Economy

February 20 Entrepreneurs tell us what’s working and what isn’t in the drive to open up government data.

How to Outfox a Broken Procurement System and Other Digital Government Lessons from the U.K.

February 13 Agencies could learn a great deal from Mike Bracken, director of the United Kingdom’s Government Digital Service.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

Senator 'Won't Back Down' Despite White House Efforts to Weaken Federal Spending Transparency Bill

January 31 Obama officials want to roll back a DATA Act requirement for common spending codes across agencies. Mark Warner, D-Va., disagrees.

Warren Buffett Uses Open Government Data

January 23 Other large open government data consumers include Google, Yahoo and Deloitte.

A man sits atop a pile of rubble after a tornado came through Oklahoma in May.

Government Data Saves Lives

January 14 Open data is helping people find their way out of disaster zones and beware of unsafe products.

Commentary: Transparency Is Overrated

January 13 In a representative democracy, data only goes so far—and knowledge is no substitute for real regulation.

The Top 5 Government Tech Stories of 2013

December 30, 2013 Disasters at and the possibility of major IT buying reform top the list. chief Jeanne Holm

Q and A: What Feds Can Learn from Cities' Open Data Experiences

November 27, 2013 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.

Collecting Better Data to Drive Smarter Spending, L.A. Style

November 15, 2013 City residents will be able to have something like an Amazon purchase history of their interactions with the city.

Feds Could Exploit Open Data Policies to Improve Management

October 22, 2013 At Nextgov Prime, we'll explore how agencies can take advantage of APIs to operate more effectively.

In-Q-Tel Investment Signals Intel Community Focus on Data Sharing

September 3, 2013 Deal with Socrata could help intelligence agencies share information more efficiently.

Explore the London Underground With This Awesome 3-D Simulation

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.