Big Data

special report

Open Data

President Obama signed an executive order in May 2013 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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HHS Announces New Open Gov Projects, Wants to Know What You Think

July 15 New initiative will make federally funded research journals more accessible to the public.

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker

Commerce Has the Best Data, Will Hire Chief Data Officer, Secretary Says

July 14 Penny Pritzker was speaking at a conference in California.

We're No. 7!: US Drops Two Spots in E-Government Rankings

June 26 U.S. trails behind leaders South Korea and Australia, among others.

NASA Taps Citizen-Scientists to Find Novel Ways to Use Earth Science Datasets

June 25 The space agency hopes to get the public's help in figuring out innovative ways to use climate and Earth science datasets.

Survey Identifies Old IT Culprits As Top Barriers To More Open Government

June 10 Data sensitivity, a perceived lack of funding, and privacy concerns remain challenges to unleashing more government data.

Data.gov Turns Five

May 21 The public repository for government data sets is nimble because it’s had to be.

Can Anyone Actually Use the Data Your Agency Has Opened?

May 9 Five tips for better government APIs.

Mining Federal Procurement Data for Companies and for Profit

May 8 GovTribe sees an opportunity in helping firms navigate the messy world of government contracting.

Want To Pay Less for Drugs Under Medicare?

May 8 One company is crunching government data to help seniors make more informed decisions when selecting insurance plans.

Why Does the IRS Make It So Tough to Rat Out Tax Cheats?

May 5 A new Web service lets people report tax avoiders anonymously and online.

Consultant Lists DHS’ Most (and Least) Annoying Contracting Officers

May 2 GovTribe has produced scorecards for government acquisition staff.

Want to Know How Developers Use Your Agency's Data? Ask Them.

April 21 An upgraded HealthData.gov site will ask users to volunteer what they’re using HHS data for.

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 Data.gov 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.