Every Sufficiently Large Open Dataset…

…deserves a curator, …needs a promoter, …requires crowdsourcing, and …smells like money. by Robert L. Read, Michelle Hertzfeld, and Hillary Hartley Data.gov publishes free of charge and with no strings attached 87,000 different datasets. Some big datasets, like satellite images and … Continued

National Agriculture Statistics Service QuickStats API

Quickstats from the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) are official aggregate estimates related to U.S. agricultural production. NASS develops these estimates from data collected through hundreds of sample surveys conducted each year covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture and the … Continued

Data.gov Paper Wins Award in International Semantic Web Challenge

At the International Semantic Web Conference in Shanghai, China, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s (RPI) “TWC LOGD: A Portal for Linking Open Government Data” took the second spot in the International Semantic Web Challenge Open Track for its portal that opens up Data.gov’s … Continued

A Se-mash Hit

Data.gov Mash-A-Thon 1 builds Web 3.0 apps and enthusiasm A lecture by Professor Jim Hendler at the Data.gov Mash-a-Thon 2010 For two days in August, a classroom in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle filled with Federal developers, students and semantic web … Continued