U.S. President Barack Obama has issued an executive order requiring every major federal agency under the U.S. government executive branch to publish open data for the benefit of the American public.
The President’s executive order states that executive federal agencies must make their data accessible, usable, and easy to find, “wherever possible and legally permissible.”
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It may be remembered that the U.S. president made a promise to the U.S. public when he came into office in 2009. President Obama vowed to make his administration the most open in history when it came to disclosing information concerning the inner workings of the U.S. government. In a statement published on the official White House website, President Obama said “Starting today, we’re making even more government data available online, which will help launch even more new startups. And we’re making it easier for people to find the data and use it, so that entrepreneurs can build products and services we haven’t even imagined yet.”
In conjunction to the executive order the White House has also released a new set of open source tools via Github. The tools will be for the use of federal agencies to help them get more of their data out in the web. The tools are formatted to be software developer and user friendly.
More overhauls for public access to government data are in the works, including plans to redesign agencies’ websites from “.gov” to “Data.gov” to aggregate all US federal agency data.
Source: The White House
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