The U.S. federal government is transforming its information from inaccessible databases and unstructured documents into open data – standardized, searchable, and available for anyone to access and use.
Data.gov now hosts more than 75,000 data sets and supports seventeen communities of developers, from agriculture to education to health.
On May 9, 2013, President Obama’s Open Data Policy declared that government data should be public, accessible, fully described, reusable, complete, timely, and managed post-release.
On May 21, 2013, members of Congress of both parties, in both chambers, introduced theDATA Act, which will transform the U.S. government’s spending information from inaccessible documents into open data.
On June 18, 2013, the United States signed the G8’s Open Data Charter, committing to open data as a default.
Key members of Congress are considering reintroducing the Financial Industry Transparency Act of 2010, which would have required all financial regulators to replace document-based forms with open, structured data formats, such as XBRL.
New measures to standardized and publish previously-inaccessible data sets, incuding the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (agency reports), the Know Before You Go Act (post-graduation employment statistics, by post-secondary institution), and the Medicare DATA Act (Medicare claims and payments data), are being proposed in Congress.
Data Transparency 2013, hosted by the Data Transparency Coalition, will be the nation’s first federal open data policy conference. For the first time, the leading advocates of these policies – from the executive branch, the legislative branch, the nonprofit sector, the tech industry, and the financial industry – will gather to compare the history and chart the future of open data.
Open data will transform government and society – by delivering transparency and accountability, illuminate and eliminating waste and fraud, empowering Big Data analytics, automating once-manual compliance processes, connecting citizens to services, and bringing actionable intelligence to investors and markets. Open data will also drive new high-tech businesses by enabling the creation of software tools to accomplish all of these tasks. Data Transparency 2013 will feature an exhibition of the first of these businesses, presented by the innovators and entrepreneurs who are building them.
Join us – and connect with the policymakers, federal managers, watchdogs, activists, and innovators who will make it all happen.
Examine the open data impact. Executive and legislative leaders will explain their ongoing efforts to open up federal data sets in key domains – including federal spending, regulation, and management – and preview future initiatives.
Explore the open data opportunity. Tech innovators will showcase new search, publication, and analysis tools that streamline federal processes; illuminate waste, fraud, and abuse; and deliver actionable intelligence to investors, watchdogs, and voters.
Forge an open data agenda. In cross-cutting breakout sessions, public and private sector stakeholders will collaborate on specific policy steps to open up change-resistant areas of the federal government’s data portfolio.
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