Creating a Status Feed for Contracting Data | Washington Post

Since President Obama announced the Open Data Initiative in 2009 — emphasizing government transparency — its flagship site, data.gov, has grown from 47 data sets to hundreds of thousands, providing more fodder for entrepreneurs such as Nash.

“Start-ups like mine are starting to see that data as valuable for a product we can sell to customers, as a catalyst for innovation,” Nash said.

For now, Jeanne Holm, data.gov’s evangelist at the General Services Administration, most developers seem focused on finding ways to liberate the data.