Today’s ground-breaking Executive Order and new Open Data Policy requires agencies to open up new data and information, present them in human- and machine-readable formats, and help to usher in the next stage of open data innovation. GSA’s Data.gov will continue to be the main home for opening up government data to help citizens make better-informed decisions and empower businesses to be more innovative.
As a priority Open Government Initiative for President Obama’s administration, GSA’s Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets such as data on active hurricanes and tropical storms, per diem rates, and the White House visitor log that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets.
In almost four years since inception, Data.gov has grown from 47 datasets to 400,000, from a few agencies to 180, and from providing only the data to also providing context, community, and conversations around the data.
GSA continues to improve Data.gov and wants your input. Check out our list of open questions and give us some feedback.