Back in 2009, the iPad had yet to be released, Android was barely a year old, and the White House launched
Data.gov, a website designed to let users view and download data collected by almost all parts of the Federal Government. Data.gov was redesigned slightly in 2010 but has pretty much kept the same looks and functionality since then. That’s all about to change: today, the White House unveiled a preview of its new website Next.Data.gov, which it says will offer vast improvements in terms of visual design and functionality. It also bears more than a passing resemblance to Google+, with a stream of card-like social media posts from various government officials and accounts.