Strategic Intent

information dissemination

create a 'google' style search engine. Streamline the govt form data concepts all the way down to forms, all into preceptive categories that allow users to search using any term they can conceive of while trying to look for an agency, form or data.... from the data at CDC to the latest on the oil spill int he Gulf to how to fill out your govt job app and apply for benefits. google.gov!

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Developer's Corner

Government Tree

Building a UI of the government from the top down, which is multimedia (Adobe Flash) so the public can visually see how all the agencies connect and who they report too? From the top down so users can view the highest of government, down to the city they live in. All data could be connected to the agency it pertains to, and its representatives, with picture and years in office.

Example: A Family Tree

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Show Us Your Mashups!

Safety and Environmental Data Site

I suggest development of a safety and environmental health data site free of all classification restrictions to allow rapid access tthe wide variety of information necessary to protect citizens at work and at home. NTSB, OSHA, Chemical Safety board, various standards, etc to be accessible. Site to be accessable to governmental and non-governmental safety and environmental workers.

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Lets step up our game!

I suggest you update the US website to be reflective of the issues we all face as American people. Canada's website tells the people exactly what is going on and the major decisions the government has made to fix some of Canada's problems. Canada has made it a priority to go green and is serious about their decision. Their decision to monitor the use of BCP plastic is reflective of their true concern for the people over ...more »

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General

empowering with authority at a base level

We all know how layered the government can be and that creates the delays and frustrations we are all familiar with. You need to do what smart companies are doing and empower those directly dealing with the programs or data to have authority to make decisions without having to run it through 4 different layers first. If something doesn't work out that's OK ... we can fix it just as fast!

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Solution Architecture

Build Data Catalogs in the Cloud in Support of Data.gov & EPA's Strategic Data Action Plan

My Data Science Class Project (see http://federaldata.wik.is/Data_Science) is to re-architect Data.gov so that it responds to the IdeaScale Comments, is reusable, and is interoperable (searchable) with other data catalogs (international and sub-national). I am following an architectural pattern that starts with spreadsheets, uses a wiki for the metadata with well-defined URLs, provides analytics/visualizations, and lays ...more »

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Developer's Corner

Encouraging Creative Solution Development

When the desktop platforms for developers are locked down to the extent that the developers cannot explore new technologies and new solution approaches, creativity is stifled. There are a large number of solutions in the Federal government that were realized because developers were allowed to experiment with varying technologies. It is important that developers be enabled.

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General

Change "join the dialogue" to "join the conversation"

I applaud the Data.gov "powers that be" for enabling conversations ranging from strategy to technology by implementing this Ideascale-based site. I believe, however, that the site is mis-named. As the great author and consultant Peter Block has said, communities are about *conversations*. This is not mere semantics; participatory conversations amongst concerned stakeholders are inherently different than "dialogues," ...more »

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Solution Architecture

HTML 5 compatability

This could be used as an alternative to Adobe Flash because of the inherent disadvantages of flash (lack of support on current phones/tablets excluding Android 2.2 devices, major stability and performance issues). This might also allow for specific apps to be made for the different mobile Operating Systems which as we have already seen with the expansion of the app stores breeds innovation and ideas that no one else ...more »

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General

Find most recent additions to data catalog

I'm always on the lookout for new data sets that I can use in teaching. To this end, it would be helpful if:

1) There were a way to notify me, e.g., by RSS, email, etc., when new data sets are added to the data catalog

2) There were a way to sort the list of data sets in the catalog by date entered

Thanks.

Greg Reese

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Developer's Corner

Foreign Per Diem Rate Monthly Data in XML

We currently manually download the Foreign Per Diem rates posted in excel on this website each month: http://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=233&menu_id=89

We import this data into our local travel expense database so we have to keep it up-to-date. If this data was posted in XML format, we believe we can automate the download/upload process that we're doing manually.

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Strategic Intent

Simplify all ideas and comments by building relationships.

Please consider:

1) Allowing people to comment on any given comments for a certain idea.

2) Analyze the ideas to show interdepencies and relationships between them.including comments.

3)Just counting number of votes for an idea is not usefull, and may be interpreted differently by different realities.

4)provide a structural meaningful for all inputs received and initiate dialogues to discuss.

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Developer's Corner

Data Standardization

All government agencies that provide data to the public should offer the data in standardized forms. This would include both the format (CSV, XML, SQL Server, Access, Oracle, etc.) and structure. For example, the State Energy Data System at EIA provides its annual data update in CSV, with columns for the variable name, location, date, and value. This would likely need to be modified for various applications, but if ...more »

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Visualize Energy Data

I have used several data sets from USDOE to enable graphical viewing of energy data. There are two components so far: one uses the State Energy Data System (SEDS) for annual, statewide data on consumption, expenditures, and prices by energy source, sector, and year. Visitors can design and build their own custom pie, bar, and line graphs. The data should be updated to include 2008 by the beginning of July, 2010, after ...more »

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Agency Next Steps

Federal budget

One of the ways that the open-source/crowdsourcing idea could be used to create greater government transparency would be to include the federal budget. The basic page would show the CBO or OMB projections for revenue/expenses and allow the user to adjust future economic growth/inflation/healthcare inflation to see what it would do to the federal budget deficit/surplus. The next addition would be to include federal ...more »

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