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Senate passes mandate for publishing government data

December 13, 2016 (Photo Credit: Mike Watson Images/Getty Images)
The Senate has unanimously approved the Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act (S 2852), furthering a goal of making open data the federal default according to a news release by the Data Coalition.

If passed by both chambers of the 115th Congress upon reintroduction in January 2017, the OPEN Government Data Act would push federal agencies to publish data sets in open formats as machine-readable data, help map accessible data sets, empower agency chief information officers to improve the quality of published data and write meaningful open data definitions into U.S. law to improve future legislation. The bill builds on and makes permanent and mandatory key aspects of President Barack Obama’s May 2013 Open Data Policy.

The Congressional Budget Office has scored S 2852 and concluded there would be no significant budgetary impact to preparing and publishing nonproprietary online data formats.

More information on the bill can be found on Congress.gov

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