CKAN Catalog is pleased to announce the launch of a new data catalog on an open source data management system called CKAN used by the data portals of the U.K., Germany, Brazil, and a number of other governments around the world.

The new catalog consolidates all of’s holdings in one easy-to-use catalog. It features a number of improvements, such as an improved search that helps you find all the datasets for a particular location, such as your zip code, better sorting and tagging of datasets, and improved metadata. 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 states, cities, and counties. The new CKAN catalog will also enable the implementation of the Open Data Policy, as it will easily harvest the data inventories that federal agencies will be creating under the policy. The result will be a user-friendly, comprehensive catalog that will allow citizens, developers and others to fully take advantage of the vast array of federal data that affects the daily lives of citizens. 



Using Participatory GIS to Map Ocean Uses in the Mid-Atlantic
Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern

Presenter(s): Mimi D’Iorio (National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration), Laura McKay (Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program),
Nick Meade (Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program), Jeanne Herb (Rutgers

Description: Understanding human uses of the ocean is essential to successful marine
planning. Unfortunately, spatial data on ocean uses are often limited and
difficult to capture consistently over large areas. Participatory
geographic information system (PGIS) processes provide interactive ways to
capture local knowledge and ocean use patterns through specialized GIS
mapping tools. NOAA has been working with partners all over the country to
apply this method at local and regional scales. This webinar will be a
panel discussion with NOAA and its partners in the mid-Atlantic region
focused on the process, data, and lessons learned.

In this webinar, participants will:

– Learn about the NOAA PGIS method for capturing ocean use data and
where it has been applied;
– Hear insights from the mid-Atlantic team that has taken the process
from one state to the entire region for marine planning applications; and
– Gain a better understanding about the data, products, and often
unexpected outcomes of PGIS projects.

Registration Link


If you love data, and especially open data, there’s a good chance you also care about quality metadata. We have some exciting news: the Department of Education launched a new ED Data Inventory!

The Inventory is available as a searchable website and a JSON file.  It contains descriptions about the data the Department collected as part of program and grant activities as well as statistical data collections.

Read more on Homeroom Blog

05/22/13 is launching two innovations today to mark both the anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy and the fourth anniversary of First is a comprehensive listing of the application programming interfaces (APIs) that were released from across the federal government as part of the Digital Government Strategy. These APIs will fuel the development of new apps on everything from health, public safety, education, consumer protection, and many more topics of interest to Americans. Developers can find all the government’s APIs in one place, with links to API documentation and other resources. is also launching a new data catalog on an open source data management system called CKAN  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. 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 statescities, and counties

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May 21, 2012 marks the third anniversary of the U.S. government’s open data site, The first national open data site, led the way in opening government data around the world. Now 30 countries host open data sites and they are key tools in the global open government movement.

Growing from 47 datasets in 2009 to nearly 450,000 datasets today, reaches across 172 federal agencies to bring data to innovators, developers, analysts and citizens across the nation. The data shows up in smart phone apps, websites, and information that lets people buy smarter, use energy more efficiently, and find better health-care solutions each day.

Over the past year alone, has not only added more datasets, it has added more opportunities for interaction with them, and more opportunities for collaborating and sharing information both nationwide and around the world. In fact, President Obama’s Open Government U.S. National Action Plan considers an important tool to spur innovation in the United States and around the globe. has become a gathering spot for those with shared interests through its topic-based communities. Expanding these communities is a key priority of President Obama’s U.S. National Action Plan, which heralds six communities: – Education, Health, Law, Energy, Safety, and Research.

These communities bring together experts from the public, academia, industry, and government to address the national challenges in energy, health, and law, and this year new communities launched on safety, education, manufacturing, oceans, ethics, developers, and business. From organizing challenges to inspire new innovations to supporting code-a-thons in cities, to building platforms for entrepreneurs to find new technologies and grow their businesses— is putting federal data to work for Americans.
Join the celebration, discover new information, and find ways to get more from your money, your time, and your business. Visit! is managed by the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies working with the U.S. Chief Information Officer and U.S. Chief Technology Officer.


Map of recent earthquakes.Real-time alerts and data related to the tsunami and earthquake off the coast of Japan.

  • West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
  • Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
  • Related datasets
  • A world map displaying recent earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater on the Richter scale and a depth of 50 kilometers or less. To highlight activity off the Japanese coast, click on the location features for Japan and explore the magnitudes of the quakes by looking at different Richter scale values. This Semantic-Web powered demo was built by Li Ding, a research scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


March 13-19, 2011, is Sunshine Week, an international event that focuses on helping to open government data and information and freedom of information activities. In honor of Sunshine Week, introduces the new community and in the Classroom campaign. Stay tuned for more new initiatives this week!


A picture of the Next starts an exciting new chapter in its evolution to make government data more accessible and usable than ever before. The data catalog website that broke new ground just two years ago, is once again redefining the Open Data experience. Learn more about’s transformation into a cloud-based open data platform for citizens, developers, and government agencies in this introductory video.

Redefining the Citizen Experience

The Next Generation platform makes public data universally accessible in an engaging online experience. You can interactively discover, explore, share, and contribute to data. Whether it’s finding relevant data, visualizing it with charts and maps, or sharing it on social networks, makes it easy.

Empowering Agencies

Government agencies will now find it easier to share their public data. Agencies can upload their data to the FISMA-compliant cloud platform, link it in real-time to systems of record, or even federate data from their own sites. brings it all together into one virtualized government-wide catalog.

Enabling Developers

Every dataset hosted on the Next Generation platform is readily and uniformly accessible programmatically. The RESTful APIs are open, non-proprietary, standards-based, and widely used in the open data community. Learn more on