(@afuller)

Solution Architecture

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.

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(@afuller)

Solution Architecture

Make web-based interfaces available for public use

This entry is a consensus recommendation of seven organizations that work on government transparency of which OpenTheGovernment.org is one. Some of the currently posted files are quite large, ranging upward to several hundred megabytes. Their large size undermines their usefulness for most people or organizations. The large number of currently posted datasets also makes it difficult to find a particular database of ...more »

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(@afuller)

Solution Architecture

Balance the format of data for developers and the public

This entry is a consensus recommendation of seven organizations that work on government transparency of which OpenTheGovernment.org is one. The format of the data plays a key role in its usability; many within the community of advocates who re-use and repackage government data would prefer data in CSV format, rather than the XML format in which many of the posted databases are provided. Accordingly, we recommend that ...more »

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(@afuller)

Strategic Intent

Require agencies to indicate previous availability of the data

This entry is a consensus recommendation of seven organizations that work on government transparency of which OpenTheGovernment.org is one. Require agencies to indicate whether a high value dataset was previously unavailable, available only with a FOIA request, available only for purchase, or available, but in a less user-friendly format. Going forward, this will make it easier to track how agencies are complying with ...more »

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(@afuller)

Strategic Intent

Require agencies to explain why the data is "high value"

This entry is a consensus recommendation of seven organizations that work on government transparency of which OpenTheGovernment.org is one. Require agencies to explain why the data is high value by having them designate which of the “high value criteria” the data meets: information that can be used to increase agency accountability and responsiveness; improve public knowledge of the agency and its operations; further ...more »

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(@jmmdatagov)

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Distribute Entire Dataset via Bit Torrent

Some developers would like to data mine a majority or all of the data available. While it's possible to write a "web scraper" to download all the data sets individually it would be much faster and more efficient if all the data was available as a single download via Bit Torrent. Bit Torrent would allow all the data to be downloaded quickly and easily. The more people downloading the data the faster the download is for ...more »

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(@jmmdatagov)

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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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(@evalgene)

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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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(@richmillsvictimofcrime)

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REPORT FEDERAL CORRUPTION

Please advise the White House. Many of my corruption reports are alos published @ www.Congress.org Dear President Obama, I seek your offices assistance and attention to this serious matter involving fraud & corruption. I have reported F.B.I. wrongdoing and obstruction of justice to your office. Attorney General case#200706634 fails to be prosecuted because of F.B.I. wrongdoing? I request Federal witness protection ...more »

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(@anneneale)

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allow searching by data extent

It would be very useful to allow data searching by extent for geodata sets. For example, I am only interested in data that are available nationally. Imagine some people would be interested in searching by state or even county.

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(@dougward)

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Increase the hieght of the search interface

The main search interface (under the "Catalog" tab) is a bit difficult to use, if only because the window containing the select list of categories and agencies is too narrow. My screen only displays two or three rows at a time. This makes it tedious to browse through the options. Easy fix: expand the height of the search interface.

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(@sarahmillican)

Key Partnerships

the oppurtunitities to partner with state and local - limitless

i would love to see data.gov partner with state and local entities to produce up to date crisis management data for state and local emergency management responders... one goal of data.gov seems to be to enrich/better the lives of citizens and enable them to make more informed/educated decisions within their lives...since most issues within citizens lives lie with the heart of state local entities, it seems partnering ...more »

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(@afuller)

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Notify the public if data is removed

Comparing the list of agency participation on data.gov, it appears that the number of raw data sets and tools posted by certain agencies has gone down at certain times. If an agency removes access to raw data or a tool on data.gov, it should be noted on the site, and a reason for the removal should be given.

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(@michael.daconta)

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Transparency of the Process behind the Data

A citizen should be able to request a description of how a data element is derived. For example, the very controversial - "saved or created jobs" data element should have an explanation of the formula or the derived fields used to calculate the number. Another example, would be the all important unemployment data - how is that percentage calculated? This would give the public more confidence in using the data. In ...more »

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