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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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 A medical worker sprays people being discharged from the Island Clinic Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, Liberia.

Data-Driven Disaster Management

October 29 The Ebola outbreak has shone a spotlight on how open data can be used in the aftermath of disaster.

What ‘America’s Data Agency’ Should Be Doing With Its Data

October 17 Lessons from an open data roundtable at the Commerce Department.

Feds Buy Back USASpending Website After Contractor Bankruptcy

October 10 Move finally opens federal contracting data.

What We Know About Coming DATA Act Standards

September 29 The pile of data needed to track federal spending is an unwieldy, nonuniform mess.

Archives Hackathon Wants to Make Wikipedia Even Better

September 12 Everyone’s invited to the Open Government WikiHack later this month.

Unlocking Government Data Poised to Create Whole New Industries -- And Make Washington Work Better

September 3 Open data can transform government from a mere service dispensary to a breakthrough innovation accelerator.

IT Needs Audacity, Adaptiveness and Engagement

August 8 Today's IT leaders need to think big.

Government-as-a-Platform: Why Agencies Must Embrace the Strategic Value of Open Data

August 7 Open data provides governments an opportunity to become innovation catalysts.

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.