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 »
Can the data be standardized/harmonized using something like SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange http://www.sdmx.org)
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 »
It would be helpful to see the date that an idea or comment is posted here.
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
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.
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.
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 »
Sort datasets and tools by rating and number of ratings not just ratings.
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 »