President Barack Obama on Monday re-emphasized the importance of using technology and private sector experts to make the government “smarter, quicker and more responsive” to the public, a critical element of his second-term agenda. … The effort builds on Obama’s … Continued
President Barack Obama today (July 8) described efforts to use technology to make the government smarter and more efficient. These efforts include making government data available online to the public, bringing people with tech expertise into government, and eliminating bureaucracy. … Continued
President Barack Obama directed his administration on July 8 to pursue sleeker, more efficient government processes, saying more work needs to be done to fulfill his 2008 election promise to modernize the government. … According to Obama, increased access to government … Continued
Congress is hardly falling over itself to fulfill President Barack Obama’s legislative wish list, and Americans by and large think of Uncle Sam as a spendthrift. So Obama turned Monday to what he can control _ the federal bureaucracy _ … Continued
Data posted on Montgomery County Maryland’s dataMontgomery website ( https://data.montgomerycountymd.gov ) is among the first county data to be featured on the new Data.gov site, the federal government’s open data site ( http://www.data.gov/about ) and the leading open data portal in the … Continued
The White House plans to launch an updated version of its National Action Plan for Open Government as the initial version approaches its two-year anniversary, according to a Wednesday blog post .
President Obama discusses his vision for smarter government during his second term. He highlights Data.gov as one of the innovations that’s already made a difference.
By Steve VanRoekel and Todd Park One of the President’s first priorities after taking office in 2009 was to bring a government built for the 20th century into the 21st century. Over the last four years, we’ve made great progress to … Continued
… “[A]s anyone knows, dealing with the federal government is not always high-technology and it’s not always user-friendly. So over the past four and a half years, we’ve worked diligently to change that. … … “[F]or the first time in history, … Continued
Metadata is often described as data about data, an ambiguous definition. More specifically, it is descriptive information about a particular data set, object or resource, including how it is formatted, and when and by whom it was collected. “One of … Continued
The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program pairs top innovators from the private sector, non-profits, and academia with top innovators in government to collaborate during focused 6-13 month “tours of duty” to develop solutions that can save lives, save taxpayer money, and fuel job … Continued
The second round of Presidential Innovation Fellows has been chosen, and one will be dedicated to Data.gov.
The growth of Data.gov from 47 data sets at its launch in May 2009 to more than 400,000 today is impressive. It’s even more so when one considers that the team running it can be counted on one hand.
Last week, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act by President Kennedy, President Obama recognized innovators who have used open government data to build tools that address the wage gap.
The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, today launched the Government of Canada’s much-anticipated next-generation Open Data portal, data.gc.ca, providing unprecedented access to government data and information and demonstrating Canada’s international commitment to transparency and open government. The … Continued
Perhaps it’s the constrained fiscal reality, punctuated by threats of government shut-downs. Or maybe it’s the ideological wars in Washington, playing out most recently in the battle over privacy and security sparked by revelations about the PRISM surveillance program. Whatever … Continued
The following is post is by Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, HHS and Todd Park, US Chief Technology Officer Health Datapalooza IV has officially wrapped and with over 1900 attendees and 80 companies, this was the biggest palooza yet. Kicked … Continued
“Before hands hit keyboards or anyone started writing any code, I think a number of people on our development team started thinking ahead to maintainability issues,” said Bryan Hirsch, new media technologies tech lead in the Executive Office of the … Continued
Health Datapalooza IV has officially wrapped and with over 1900 attendees and 80 companies, this was the biggest palooza yet. Kicked off by Secretary Sebelius for the second year in a row, this year’s event was a tremendous display of … Continued
Agencies often have a hard time competing with private-sector employers for top-notch IT talent, but this job might hold special appeal for the open-data crowd: The Data.gov team is hiring its own developer.
At events across the country, participants in Civic Hacking Day were set loose on open government data, building tools, apps, and solutions that can help address challenges faced by communities across America and form the basis of products and companies … Continued
“We’re trying to move beyond the days when…agencies were just asked to make their data accessible, put it on Data.gov and call it a day,” Xavier Hughes, the Labor Department’s chief innovation officer, told attendees at ACT-IAC’s Management of Change … Continued
While traditional media continue their difficult decline, a cadre of the most innovative reporters, from Afghanistan to the Amazon, are quietly transforming journalism by harnessing the power of open data. Working in collaboration with civil society groups and governments, they … Continued
Here are excerpts from recent online posts from various federal technology executives, discussing new apps on the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s digital government strategy.
When it comes to agriculture and food security, data is one of the most important commodities in the world. The collection and interpretation of data sets on everything from crop prices, to weather and climate patterns, to genetic breakthroughs on … Continued
As those steeped in the policy wonk geekery of open data are likely already aware, last Thursday the President of the United States issued an Continued
By Steven Van Roekel and Todd Park In today’s information age, most of us wouldn’t dream of buying a TV or washing machine without comparison shopping. But when it comes to healthcare decisions — one of the most important and … Continued
The Obama administration’s goal with its open data initiative is simple: make the data that’s already readily available public and in a machine readable format, then wait for the magic to happen. Steve VanRoekel, the federal chief information officer, said … Continued
Making money from accessing the vast amounts of information collected by the U.S. government has been the basis for many commercial enterprises. The widespread use of Census Bureau data alone has been a great business resource for decades — with … Continued
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 … Continued
As the Obama administration’s Digital Government Strategy enters its second year, the focus will likely be on institutionalizing open data and other initiatives rather than on a set of all-new deliverables. One potential change in the works is requiring agencies … Continued
It is not often one gets excited over a dry, hard-to-understand government memorandum, but the newly released executive order , Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information, and its
Data.gov is launching two innovations today to mark both the anniversary of the