Compare economic outlook for countries throughout the world based on the International Monetary Fund April, 2010 report. http://world-economic-outlook.findthebest.com/
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!
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
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.
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 »
I suggest you use pictures not badges
Give specifics on the "donut hole" law
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!
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 »
I am collecting government data and putting them into spreadsheets for easy use in research. I've save them here
check out a cool new database from the U.S. Dept of Labor. Future jobs & careers forecast is a great way to plan for the future. I imported the data in a useful format here: http://future-jobs.findthebest.com/
The rating column is close to useless currently. If one person rates a dataset with 5 stars it sorts at the top. You need a concept of either popularity (most downloaded) or highest rated with some weighting for number of votes.
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.
It should be more obvious to users of both the main Data.gov site and this Ideascale site how to suggest datasets!
1. "Suggest Data" (or something like it) should be a Data.gov main menu item
2. "Dataset Suggestions" should be a "Category" here (on the Ideascale-based site)
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 »