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Administration releases more guidance to open up agency data

Aug. 21, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

The administration released additional guidance to push agencies to make government data more transparent, according to a blog post Aug. 16.

The guidance will help agencies meet Nov. 1 goals to create and maintain data inventories and to establish a process for making more data public, according to Nick Sinai, the administration’s deputy chief technology officer, and Dominic Sale, the supervisory policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget.

The guidance provides suggestions and ways agencies can track and report on how much data is publicly available by measuring the types of files, the number of files and the “meta-data” associated with each one.

The guidance also pushes agencies to create a feedback process to engage with customers and to group feedback around each data asset.

“Opening up a wide range of government data means more entrepreneurs and companies using those data to create tools that help Americans find the right health care provider, identify a college that provides good value, find a safe place to live, and much more,” they said in the blog post.

The administration will also be upgrading its data repository data.gov, they said. Visitors can see the new prototype at next.data.gov.

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