Open Data Revolution to Fight Global Hunger

Every day, people around the world use data to make decisions.  When heading out of town, most of us use weather apps to check the forecast anywhere in the world before packing our bags.  However, when we travel to far-flung … Continued

Liberating data for public value: The case of

Dear Open Data Enthusiasts, Below is an abstract of “Liberating data for public value: The case of,” International Journal of Information Management (2016). Abstract Public agencies around the globe are liberating their data. Drawing on a case of, … Continued

Taking Data and Making It Easier to Understand

Understanding data can sometimes be daunting, especially if you’re looking at a spreadsheet with rows, upon rows, upon rows of data. To make FEMA data easier to understand, a small project team and I have been working on an innovative … Continued

Big Data Analysis Vs. Government Spending |Info Week Government

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 … Continued

Public Open Data: The Good, the Bad, the Future | PBS Idea Lab

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 … Continued

FCC’s data guru Greg Elin eyes new opportunity | FedScoop

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,” … Continued

Agencies get how-to on open data compliance | FCW

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 … Continued

White House Expands Guidance on Promoting Open Data | Nextgov

White House officials have announced expanded technical guidance to help agencies make more data accessible to the public in machine-readable formats. Following up on President Obama’s May executive order linking the pursuit of open data to economic growth, innovation and … Continued

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,, has grown from 47 data sets to hundreds of thousands, providing more fodder for entrepreneurs such as Nash. “Start-ups like mine … Continued

Open Data | Drupal

Soon, the Open Data Policy will require federal agencies to publish /data and /data.json pages. These pages will tell the world what datasets the agency has, and where to find them (if they’re publicly accessible). The /data.json pages will be … Continued

The People’s Choice: Distrust | The Wall Street Journal

Government has to work better, meaning that it needs to modernize and become more useful in our everyday lives. This is what President Obama was getting at in his recent speech. He noted, for example, that the federal government possesses … Continued Gets Updated: A Closer Look | InformationWeek Government

The White House’s release this week of a newly designed version of its government data portal,, was greeted with predictable fanfare and generally underwhelming reviews. The site’s introduction highlights the administration’s latest steps to make government data more readily … Continued gets makeover | FedScoop

Next.Data.Gov is still very much a work in progress, but was launched this week in anticipation of its completion and as a maneuver to encourage citizen participation in building it. The OSTP site showcased a preview of the latest design … Continued

Obama: All Government Data Will Be Open | Bloomberg TV

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park discusses President Obama’s push for open data with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” Includes President Obama speaking on open data as well.