Navigating the Data.gov Catalog

This catalog enables the central implementation of the Open Data Policy, as it harvests the data inventories that federal agencies are creating under this policy. The result is an evolving, comprehensive catalog that allows citizens, developers and others to fully take advantage of the vast array of federal data that affects the daily lives of citizens.

The catalog on Data.gov provides the ability to search and browse datasets, data series, tools, and products.

Finding Data
Data.gov now has one unified data catalog based on an open source standard that will make it easier to federate with other federal agency catalogs, as well as those of universities, tribal governments, and states, cities, and counties.

All contributing organizations are listed under “Organization” in the top right.

The new catalog features a number of enhancements, such as an improved search that helps you find all the datasets for a particular location, better sorting and tagging of datasets, and more robust metadata. To find datasets you can:

  • Enter key words in the search box.
  • Browse on the left side through types, tags, formats, groups, organization types, organizations, and categories.  Clicking on multiple items narrows your search.  You can click on the “x” to the side of any single item to remove it from the search, or “clear all” to remove all selected items in a category.
  • Search by geospatial area by drawing a boundary box on the map at the left side and clicking “Apply” to find all datasets that are tagged for that geographic area.
  • Interactive Datasets” at the top right takes you to datasets that can be explored online through a web browser

Requesting New Data or Features
There are many ways to provide feedback and contribute to the discussions on Data.gov and this catalog.

See more options at the Contact page.

Counting the Number of Datasets
The total number of datasets reflects the datasets plus data series. A data series may contain a large number of additional products or files of the same type. The Data.gov catalog in place until July 2013 counted the individual datasets and not just the series and therefore had a higher total number of datasets noted. The change in number does not reflect a change in the size of the catalog, but rather a different structure of data products in the new catalog.
 
About the Catalog
This catalog is built on an open source data management system called CKAN. CKAN is used by governments around the world including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Norway, and the UK. Started as a project by the Open Knowledge Foundation in 2007, all development is on Github and contributors are welcome.The Open Knowledge Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on opening up all knowledge (data and content) to see it used and useful. Founded in 2004 and with chapters around the world, it has been pioneering open source tools and open data from the start.