Introducing: Project Open Data

Originally posted on the White House blog by Todd Park and Steven VanRoekel on May 16, 2013 at 09:46 AM EDT Technology evolves rapidly, and it can be challenging for policy and its implementation to evolve at the same pace.  Last week, President … Continued

Open Data Executive Order

The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, For Immediate Release

The Obama Administration today took groundbreaking new steps to make information generated and stored by the Federal Government more open and accessible to innovators and the public, to fuel entrepreneurship and economic growth while increasing government transparency and efficiency.

Today’s actions—including an Executive Order signed by the President and an Open Data Policy released by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy—declare that information is a valuable national asset whose value is multiplied when it is made easily accessible to the public.  The Executive Order requires that, going forward, data generated by the government be made available in open, machine-readable formats, while appropriately safeguarding privacy, confidentiality, and security.

The move will make troves of previously inaccessible or unmanageable data easily available to entrepreneurs, researchers, and others who can use those files to generate new products and services, build businesses, and create jobs.

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Using 21st Century Technology to Solve Age-Old Problems

Posted by Dr. Catherine Woteki USDA Chief Scientist, on April 15, 2013 at 1:58 PMFor years, we believed that food was the most powerful commodity to combating food insecurity in the developing world. But with a more intricate challenge than … Continued