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

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

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

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

There’s Gold Out There

As we wrote in an earlier post, millions of datasets are available by using Data.gov, datasets with tremendous value for decision-making, entrepreneurship and government transparency. One of the biggest misperceptions about Data.gov is that we host all these datasets. The … Continued

API Now Available From Federal Register 2.0

August 1, 2011 Building on the groundbreaking efforts of the OFR/GPO bulk XML data feed, we’ve released an Application Programming Interface (API) for FederalRegister.gov, making it even easier for developers to build new ways of interacting with Federal Register data. … Continued