Anytime a body of data is published, it should be possible for a member of the public to pull down the entire dataset in a manner that can be automated, and updated, so as to encourage the development of visualizations and mitigate the need for scraping.
The eight Open Government Data Principles should be implemented, making all government data: complete, primary, timely, accessible, machine processable, non-discriminatory, non-proprietary, and license-free. (see: http://resource.org/8_principles.html) huh, can I really change this?
the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) is a network of 1250 libraries around the country that have been successfully giving access to and preserving government publications for over 150 years. Digital deposit of govt information continues this successful distributed preservation and access model in the digital age. Digital deposit is recession insurance for continued free and open access to government information! ...more »
The sunlight foundation has done a great job in collecting data from various govt, sources and providing a REST API. We should encourage agencies to provide data in a API format so mashups can be done that can x-link data.
[Hmm - I was able to post this idea (and revise this idea)] without the email verification.
[OK Fixed now] - If user is not verified (email) then all "Edit" functions are blocked
The USG should actively support Open Systems standards vice proprietary standards. There may need to be some USG policy governance in place to satisfy fair treatment and satisfy public needs, but it should only support proprietary standards with significant purposeful consideration, and certainly not any proprietary, unpublished standard. E.g, something like PDF is proprietary, yet very useful... It's at least an ISO ...more »
People are not accustomed to drafting ideas and thoughts in a completely open environment, subject to public scruntiny. Senior leadership needs to create an open environment throughout the organization to demonstrate the value of collaborative development
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