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Thursday, September 5, 2013
White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer Nick Sinai posted a call for comments this week, seeking input for an updated version of the Obama administration's National Action Plan for Open Government.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
New technology tools, combined with raised expectations among voters and stakeholders for government transparency, have sparked a movement toward “open government.” Championed by advocacy organizations and a few high-profile elected officials, the trend seeks to promote greater accountability and responsiveness for the systems of representative democracy. An area of particular opportunity — as well as potential concern — is the growing cache of large datasets of public information now available on the Internet. ...
The White House under the Obama administration has been a leader in its approach to transparency and launched the website data.gov in 2009. To date, nearly 100,000 datasets are available on the site. Other countries soon followed: the U.K., Kenya, Brazil, India and more than 30 other countries have created portals for public data. The European Union Open Data Portal offers more than 6,000 datasets from its member countries. International organizations from the UN to the World Bank add their own repositories to the surfeit of online information. The trend is growing also at the state and local level. Chicago apparently boasts the most public datasets (950) among cities. San Francisco has an extensive open data policy and is one of the first cities in the nation to hire a Chief Data Officer.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
President Obama launched the first U.S. Open Government National Action Plan in September 2011, as part of the Nation’s commitment to the global Open Government Partnership, a multilateral initiative to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. The first Plan laid out 26 concrete steps the United States would take to promote public participation in government, increase transparency, and manage public resources more effectively. ... [T]he Obama Administration has committed to develop a second National Action Plan on Open Government: “NAP 2.0.”
In order to develop a Plan with the most creative and ambitious solutions, we need all-hands-on-deck. That’s why we are asking for your input on what should be in the NAP 2.0
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Many technology professionals can trace their passion back to an early age. Federal Communications Commission Chief Data Officer Greg Elin is no exception. ... “It’s clear that positions titled ‘chief data officer’ are going to start appearing at more agencies,” he said. “They might not always be called that and they might already be there under a different title, but I think absolutely we’re going to see more people in this role.”
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The White House developed Project Open Data (See project OpenData on github) – this collection of code, tools, and case studies – to help agencies adopt the Open Data Policy and unlock the potential of government data. Project Open Data will evolve over time as a community resource to facilitate broader adoption of open data practices in government. Anyone – government employees, contractors, developers, the general public – can view and contribute.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Federal IT professionals estimate that government agencies potentially can save 14% of their budgets, or nearly $500 billion across the government, from successfully analyzing big data. But while nearly one-fourth of federal IT managers in a new government poll report their agencies have launched at least one big-data project, only 31% believe their agency's big-data strategy is sufficient to deliver on that potential.
The numbers come from a recent report, "Smarter Uncle Sam: The Big Data Forecast," by government IT networking group MeriTalk. The report, sponsored by EMC Corporation, is based on a survey of 150 federal IT professionals.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The administration released additional guidance to push agencies to make government data more transparent, according to a blog post Aug. 16.
The guidance will help agencies meet Nov. 1 goals to create and maintain data inventories and to establish a process for making more data public, according to Nick Sinai, the administration’s deputy chief technology officer, and Dominic Sale, the supervisory policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A supplemental guide to the White House's Open Data Policy has been released providing additional clarification and detailed requirements to assist agencies in carrying out the objectives laid out in a May 9 memo and executive order.
The administration's document, posted on the GitHub website, focuses on near-term efforts agencies must take to meet the five initial requirements of OMB Memorandum M-13-13 (.pdf), which are due November 1, 2013.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Agencies are expected to deliver on several elements of President Barack Obama's executive order on open data by Nov. 1, including creation and publication of a list of data assets. To steer these efforts, the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy released guidance that gets into the weeds about how agencies can fulfill the directives and incorporate open data policy into everyday activities.