Strategic Intent

Data.gov’s potential depends on a clear strategic intent. The Draft Data.gov CONOPS’ vision includes key principles, target audience, value to the public and government, and measures of success. Post your best ideas on strategic intent here.

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Provide the Opportunity to Reduce Duplication

Data.gov should become a nationally managed "access point" that provides a mechanism for all levels of government to participate or integrate with, thus creating a single location for citizens to access government data.

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Create Scenerios Showcasing Data.gov Contributions for Key Issue

Many professional and social circles continue to focus on issues such as climate change, governmental fiscal imbalances, the demographic shift to older populations, depleting resources, health care, and increasing technological complexity. We are about to embark on a new decade and these unresolved issues will follow us. How will Data.gov contribute toward addressing the tough questions we face in the next decade? ...more »

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Funding - Data.gov cannot be another unfunded federal mandate

Federal agencies are already trying their best to respond to a stream of unfunded mandates. Requiring federal agencies to a) expose their raw data as a service and b) collect, analyze, and respond to public comments requires resources. The requirement to make data accessible to (through) Data.gov should be formally established as a component of one of the Federal strategic planning and performance management frameworks ...more »

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Post Links to All Agency ICRs Together

ICR = Information Collection Request. Example: http://edicsweb.ed.gov/. Each agency has a site like this, but it is sometimes hard to find. If they were posted together, data.gov users could more easily discover interconnections among data sets. The files at each link on the page explain: (1) WHAT data a department wants to collect from the public, and the form that will be used to collect it; (2) WHO must fill out ...more »

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Dataset Versioning

Perhaps it's there and I don't see it, but it would seem that some kind of automated versioning system needs to be in place. My concern, from a transparency standpoint, would be if there is the capability to overwrite an existing dataset. Even if it is well intentioned, if the original dataset is not preserved, questions could arise as to what has been changed/added/removed. This could also help with datasets that ...more »

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Data Quality - Need process for assuring 'good data' on Data.gov

On Page 9 of the CONOP, the example of Forbes' use of Federal data to develop the list of "America's Safest Cities" brings to light a significant risk associated with providing 'raw data' for public consumption. As you are aware, much of the crime data used for that survey is drawn from the Uniformed Crime Reporting effort of the FBI. As self-reported on the "Crime in the United States" website, "Figures used in this ...more »

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Create an International data.gov working group

In light of the excellent work other governments are doing in this area, the US should spearhead an international group (maybe in conjunction with the UN) to share best practices, cross-fertilize experience and maybe even share common code or data formats.

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Require agencies to explain why the data is "high value"

This entry is a consensus recommendation of seven organizations that work on government transparency of which OpenTheGovernment.org is one. Require agencies to explain why the data is high value by having them designate which of the “high value criteria” the data meets: information that can be used to increase agency accountability and responsiveness; improve public knowledge of the agency and its operations; further ...more »

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Measuring success of Data.gov - a suggested (simple) framework

The OMB Open Government Directive published on December 8, 2009 includes what are (in my opinion) some undefined terms and very unrealistic expectations and deadlines for federal agency compliance with the directive. It also did not include any method for assessing progress towards the spirit and intent of the stated objectives. I would like to offer a simple framework that the Data.gov effort can use to work (collaboratively) ...more »

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Require agencies to indicate previous availability of the data

This entry is a consensus recommendation of seven organizations that work on government transparency of which OpenTheGovernment.org is one. Require agencies to indicate whether a high value dataset was previously unavailable, available only with a FOIA request, available only for purchase, or available, but in a less user-friendly format. Going forward, this will make it easier to track how agencies are complying with ...more »

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Semantic Web and Linked Open Data

As additional datasets become exposed through RDF, and described through RDFS/OWL-based ontological definitions, I would like to see the ability to mashup DATA.GOV datasets with the rest of the Linked Open Data cloud, using SPARQL.

 

http://esw.w3.org/SweoIG/TaskForces/CommunityProjects/LinkingOpenData

 

Mitchell Ummel

Government/Public Sector Practice

Cutter Research

www.cutter.com

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Strategy - Revise CONOP to addess the value to American citizens

As currently written, the CONOP only addresses internal activities (means) and doesn't identify the outcomes (ends) that would result from successful implementation of Data.gov. In paragraph 1 the CONOP states "Data.gov is a flagship Administration initiative intended to allow the public to easily find, access, understand, and use data that are generated by the Federal government.", yet there is no discussion about "what ...more »

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