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

Adams Release on Next.Data.gov

Since the launch of Next.Data.gov , your help and ideas have made it possible to make two updatesto the site. We’re naming these biweekly releases after the presidents so the one that launched this week is the Adams Release. We’re pleased … Continued

The Next Step is Yours

Americans are rocking open data! From getting people to the emergency room faster with iTriage to helping them navigate road and rail after a disaster , people are innovating, building businesses, and creating safer communities. As developers get more sophisticated and businesses … Continued

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 Spells Success

The thing about Data.gov is that it’s really not about the data, it’s about how the data makes a difference. Examples abound. Public data is the basis for our weather services – we get our weather reports ultimately thanks to … 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

Taking Open Government to the Next Level

I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people’s lives?” President Obama posed this question as a challenge to federal agencies, and we’ve taken that challenge seriously at the Labor Department. … Continued

National Day of Civic Hacking at the White House

On the first weekend in June, civic activists, technology experts, and entrepreneurs around the country will gather together for the National Day of Civic Hacking. By combining their expertise with new technologies and publicly released data, participants hope to build … Continued

Open Data: A History

This term “open data” is becoming increasingly commonplace. That’s what Data.gov is all about. But what is open data? A new article in the Paris Tech Review offers a snapshot of how open data was born, its evolving purpose, and … Continued

Data.gov Evangelist Accepts Fed 100 Award

Last week, Data.gov Evangelist Jeanne Holm accepted the Federal 100 Award at a gala in Washington, D.C. FCW gives this annual award to 100 “people who are making things happen in government,” focusing particularly on their efforts over the past year.   … 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

“Hiding” Right Out There in the Open

Want to know what the weather is? Today we have so many ways to find out:  check one of many sites on the Internet – or, more likely, you’ll find the temperature and links to forecasts conveniently on your e-mail … Continued