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U.S. government eager (but struggling) to make data available to businesses

Kenneth Corbin | Jan. 27, 2014
The Obama administration is pressing agencies to unlock data sets to provide a foundation for startup businesses in sectors ranging from healthcare to transportation. But for now much of that data remains trapped in government systems.

Federal Data Goes Mobile
The centerpiece of the federal government's open data initiative is the Data.gov website, which was refreshed last week to adopt a more mobile-friendly design and to improve the searchability of the data sets.

Each department and agency has also been instructed to conduct, for the first time, a thoroughgoing inventory of its data sets, just as they would be expected to routinely tally their supplies of computers, office chairs and other tangible assets.

"Government data is an asset, and we need to treat it as an asset," Sinai said.

As a result of that inventory process, agencies will be publishing on their websites a list of data sets that are publicly available, and for each one designating a point of contact for the public.

 

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