Obama Makes Open Data the Default for Federal Government | Laserfiche

Following a first-day promise — and amid criticism he hadn’t done it soon enough — President Barack Obama is swinging wide the doors on government data.

“Going forward, newly generated government data shall be made freely available in open, machine-readable formats, while appropriately safeguarding privacy, confidentiality, and security,” the President said in his executive order. “This requirement will help the Federal government achieve the goal of making troves of previously inaccessible or unmanageable data easily available to entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and others who can use those data to generate new products and services, build businesses, and create jobs.”