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

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

Who Uses Open Data?

COMPANY TESTIMONIALS ON OPEN DATA This list is neither all-inclusive nor static.  It is meant to be a growing repository of open data use cases: Appallicious  offers a mobile commerce platform, tailored for governments to deliver services to their citizens.  The … Continued

Open Government Data Spurs Entrepreneurship and Jobs

Freely available data from the US Government is an important national resource, serving as fuel for entrepreneurship, innovation, scientific discovery, and other public benefits. In the 1970s, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made weather data widely available. In the … Continued

Opening Up US National Data

As we embark on Sunshine Week 2013, it’s a great time to reflect on recent work promoting transparency and open data in cities, counties, and states across the country. Check out two endeavors and join in! Access to US Data … Continued

Drupal and U! Come for the Code and Stay for the Community

Kirsten Burgard, program analyst at the Department of Veterans Affairs and co-founder of Drupal4Gov, has spent the last few months helping Data.gov move its content to the latest release of the Drupal content management system. She’s one of the Federal … Continued

One Click and We’ll Give You Millions

While Data.gov lists its holdings at almost 400,000 datasets, the fact is, Data.gov is the link to millions of public datasets. Many Federal agencies post their data collections on Data.gov as single entities. In addition, Data.gov is host to tools, … Continued

APIs – You Ain’t Seen Nothin (And You Never Will)

In the next few weeks, you’re going to be hearing a lot about APIs, and unless you’re some kind of techie or datahead, you’re probably wondering what they are and why you should care. Here’s why: because our daily lives … Continued

Datapaloozas – and More – on the Horizon

  Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, speaks at the first annual White House Safety Datapalooza. The event was organized by the White House Office of Public Engagement, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. … Continued

Here’s to Your Health

HHS has collected more than 284 datasets at healthdata.gov and the inventory is currently growing by almost 100 per year. Thirty-three of these databases are already API enabled. One of the largest is the Continued