OMB Director Peter Orszag drops by
to introduce us to what will be a key milestone in government transparency:
Today, I'm pleased to announce that the Federal CIO Council is launching Data.gov. Created as part of the President's
commitment to open government and democratizing information, Data.gov will
open up the workings of government by making economic, healthcare,
environmental, and other government information available on a single website,
allowing the public to access raw data and transform it in innovative ways.
Such data are currently fragmented across
multiple sites and formats—making them hard to use and even harder to access
in the first place. Data.gov will change this, by creating a
one-stop shop for free access to data generated across all federal agencies.
The Data.gov catalog will allow the American
people to find, use, and repackage data held and generated by the government,
which we hope will result in citizen feedback and new ideas.
also help government agencies—so that taxpayer dollars get spent more wisely
and efficiently. Through live data feeds, agencies will have the ability to
easily access data both internally and externally from other agencies, which
will allow them to maintain higher levels of performance. In the months and
years ahead, our goal is to continuously improve and update Data.gov with
a wide variety of available datasets and easy-to-use tools based on public
feedback and as we modernize legacy systems over time.
Democratizing government data will help
change how government operates—and give citizens the ability to participate
in making government services more effective, accessible, and transparent.
Ed. Note: Watch Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra describe
the site, and learn more on this from the Open Government Initiative Innovation Gallery:
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