Solution Architecture

For this topic area post your best ideas on Data.gov and its capabilities, including data management, dissemination, search, semantic web, evolving core modules (shared services), data infrastructure and visualization tools and more.

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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 »

Submitted by (@niemann.brand)

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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 »

Submitted by (@bobbygrant25)

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Cross domain policy files

Technologies such as Silverlight and Flash need cross domain policy files on the host server to enable data loading between domains.

Submitted by (@dangerpest)

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Limit use of Adobe Flash!

ipod touch, iphone an ipad cannot display adobe flash information!

Submitted by (@raymondpolone)

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Avoid use of Adobe Flash

iPod touch / iPhone / iPad cannot access data.gov maps and data that require use of Adobe Flash. Please avoid Adobe Flash!

Submitted by (@raymondpolone)

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Faceted Search with Atom Based Web Services

Data.gov should have a faceted search interface that provides a comprehensive overview of Data.gov content (metadata and facet counts), and a way for users to progressively refine their search criteria. Faceted search provides a good way for outsiders to better understand a big collection described by complex metadata structure. The faceted metadata should also be shared as an Atom Feed, so that updates of new content ...more »

Submitted by (@ekansa)

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Remove and Guard Against (Validate) "Junk" Records

I tried to download a dataset that interested me called the "Occupational Outlook Handbook". The data.gov "record" says that it is a CSV dataset. However, when you click the csv link you go to a website that does not allow you to download the dataset! The data.gov link is: http://www.data.gov/details/336 This is a failure of the simplest validation possible - a link that is supposed to be to a dataset must be tested ...more »

Submitted by (@michael.daconta)

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Don't Inflate Counts! (aka let a Dataset contain multiple files)

When searching for interesting datasets it can be very frustrating to see identical datasets (except by year) cluttering the search results. To me, this seems like just an attempt to inflate the counts by treating separate years or geography as separate datasets. Here is my proposed simple rule: If the dataset metadata fields (i.e. like "Coverage Date") are the same, it is the SAME dataset. Just because the instance ...more »

Submitted by (@michael.daconta)

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Link / Status Checker

Via a blog post, http://www.spatiallyadjusted.com/2010/02/07/data-gov-is-already-broken-just-like-everything-before-it/ - it would be good to integrate periodic link/service checking, ala Geospatial One Stop's Service Status Checker - http://registry.fgdc.gov/statuschecker/index.php. Any status changes/outages should be reported via notification, e.g. RSS feed / email, and directed to the stewards and registrars managing ...more »

Submitted by (@davidsmith)

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Directly associate datasets with their code sheets

This entry is a consensus recommendation of seven organizations that work on government transparency of which OpenTheGovernment.org is one.

 

Make sure all datasets on Data.gov are directly associated with their code sheets.

Submitted by (@afuller)

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Make RSS Feeds Available

This entry is a consensus recommendation of seven organizations that work on government transparency of which OpenTheGovernment.org is one.

 

Consider making some of the datasets available as feeds that are constantly up to date, rather than as static datasets that are pulled down and then reposted on an occasional basis.

Submitted by (@afuller)

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Make Data easier to find using tagging or metadata

This entry is a consensus recommendation of seven organizations that work on government transparency of which OpenTheGovernment.org is one.

 

Use tagging or metadata to enable the public to bring together information on a topic. The thesaurus that USA.gov uses provides a useful example of the needed vocabulary.

Submitted by (@afuller)

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