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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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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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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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Open Up U.C.C. (Uniform Commercial Code) Data...

It would be a very good idea to offer UCC datasets, across all 50 states' Secretary of State Office, for all articles: (Sales, Leases, Negotiable Instruments, Bank Deposits, Funds Transfers, Letters of Credit, Bulk Transfers and Bulk Sales, Warehouse Receipts, Bills of Lading and Other Documents of Title, Investment Securities, Secured Transactions). Dissemination and knowledge of this information would be very helpful ...more »

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Centralize the encryption & data protection laws by location

Create a new data source which contains the laws broken down by country / state / province which outline the rules for exporting / importing encryption and which include the rules for data locality. For example, some countries require companies who conduct business of a certain $$ amount in their country to locate that sensitive data in their country physically and not in another country. There are likely other examples. ...more »

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Gov't efficiency & suggestion site

Create a space not just for improving this site, but for supplying suggestions to different agencies for improvements. For example: I just read about the revised $100 bill to combat the superbill. However, this is a technology cat & mouse game with another vary sophisticated organization. One improvement that might be more difficult to overcome is to insert a field programmable RFID chip into each bill. The chip ...more »

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Energy Independence Study Using Gov Data

Idea: Use emerging technology for writing apps in Executable English to study energy independence, based on combining gov and other data.

Get English explanations of the results.

This is described in detail in [1,2], and it's also live online at the same site for anyone to view, run and edit.

[1] ww.reengineeringllc.com/EnergyIndependence1.pdf

[2] www.reengineeringllc.com/EnergyIndependence1Video.htm

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Government Program Efficiency and Effectiveness

Post the program/project budget including internal hosting office overhead, agency overhead, partner overhead, and the percent of actual dollars going to the individuals getting the work done. As federal dollars move from the department, to the agency, to the implementing program office there is often additive overheads. When one federal agency works with another federal agency there is overhead added to every dollar ...more »

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Consider elements of a complete open data ecosystem

Nat Torkington recently posted Truly Open Data at http://radar.oreilly.com/2010/03/truly-open-data.html, in which he argues for an "open source approach" to data, considering lessons learned from the successful open source software community.

I won't try to reproduce his post, but I recommend reading it, and I hope it will spur some more specific ideas for Data.gov.

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penalty for becoming less open

Government institutions may try to briefly surface their data on Data.gov to earn points on the "open data dashboard", only to later take them down. I believe this is disingenuous, and clearly goes against the spirit of the Open Government Directive. The case I'm specifically referring to is the data tracking Broadband Stimulus funding via the BIP/BTOP programs. The data available at the following link has not been ...more »

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State Appropriations Statements w/Response - Accountability

(paperless) Any entity that is payrolled or utilizes taxpayer dollars: information on all expendatures, down to the "inth". Set up in a format similar to a P&L or MRO- filters allowing search & drilldown. With appropriate email Q&A contact and escalated contact. This information is already maintained on PC & concerned taxpayers would readily help self manage this area. ie 1) I've lived in Utah for my life and would ...more »

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Quarterly Distribution via Bit Torrent

Many developers would like to mine the data at a large scale which may include a majority or all of the available data. It is technically possible to make a web scraper or mirror the site but this would be a long, slow process that would consume a great deal of bandwidth both for the client and for the servers housing the data. What would be an optimal way to pull down all the data would be to distribute it via Bit Torrent. ...more »

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more international data than listed

Hi I searched for international data and found only three. http://www.data.gov/catalog/raw/category/30/agency/0/filter//type//sort//page/1/count/25 There is a LOT of international data from the government. I list all that I can find here http://gsociology.icaap.org/data.htm I've also compiled data from various government sources into data sets here http://gsociology.icaap.org/dataupload.html I don't know ...more »

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