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.
April 16 The Education Department is asking developers how they could use APIs to make college a better value for students.
April 8 There's a push to bring data consumers into the open-data conversation.
March 31 Only 32 percent of surveyed tech leaders say their agencies are up to the task.
March 21 Agencies have six months to develop draft policies for expanding online access to scientific collections.
March 19 The first data set focuses on coastal flooding and sea level rise.
March 14 The school's Houghton Library is seeking someone to help make its collections as accessible as possible.
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.