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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Definitions for every column

I just downloaded some energy data from data.gov on nuclear reactors and one of the columns is:

 

"NRC Unit"

 

I have no idea what that means? Every column or field of data should have a definition and that should be available on data.gov or in a standard format with the dataset. In this case, the data dictionary field that the catalog record links to does not have the definition of this field.

Submitted by (@michael.daconta)

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Custom Notifications/RSS Feeds for New Datasets

An API to provide customizable RSS feeds should be considered, to allow users to subscribe to specific thematic areas, geographic areas and so on. This way, if for example someone was interested in data on aquatic resources in the Chesapeake Bay, they could subscribe and apply filters by custom search terms, by geography of interest, thematic keywords and so on. This could either provide notices via e-mail, or by ...more »

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Use common digital formats for files

I feel like this is an obvious one but I just tried downloading some data set that has .dbf, .shp, and .shx files. I don't recognize any of these and could not open any on my computer.

 

Lets make this useful but allowing the data provided to be accessed.

Submitted by (@tegoulet)

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Improve Browsing of Data.gov

While there are quite a few discussions on this site about search; I would like to see improved browsing via a robust taxonomy/folksonomy of topic areas. In fact, I would recommend both a top-down/bottom-up approach where you begin with a top-down taxonomy but allow it to be extended via topic area suggestions and popular keywords. As a citizen, I don't always know what I want but want to browse and see what is available. ...more »

Submitted by (@michael.daconta)

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Super Crunching

Require agencies to submit datasets in standard format with common metadata fields, including short and long descriptions to improve user understanding of data-set. Create a user interface that enables users to easily graph multiple time-series data sets (simple trend graphs). This will let them visually compare different data sets on relative scales. By aggregating all government data into a standard format and enabling ...more »

Submitted by (@kohler.jim)

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Facilitate Access to Agency Web Services via Aggregation

In addition to providing Agency metadata and facilitating informed discovery of datasets, there may be a good role for Data.Gov to serve in also serving as a clearinghouse for discovering and facilitating access to datacentric agency web services, e.g. Open Geospatial Consortium Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Feature Service (WFS). In many instances, these types of services may lie scattered across and within agencies, ...more »

Submitted by (@davidsmith)

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Systematically Track How People Are Using Data from Data.gov

There's no question that open data can provide citizens with more information and transparency about how government is operating and the results it's getting. But that's only half of the equation: We believe that open data produces not just more informed citizens, but also, ultimately, better government. To make that equation come true, though, we have to be vigilant about tracking how people are using data, and incorporating ...more »

Submitted by (@daniel.a.munz)

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Merge Geospatial One Stop and Data.gov

Geographic referencing adds critical context to data. It helps users quickly and easily determine whether a dataset pertains to their specific area of interest, and in the event that it does, empowers users by immediately allowing them to visualize that data, perhaps coupled with addtional datasets for informing context. Both Geospatial One Stop and Data.gov are citizen centric initiatives. Migrating and consolidating ...more »

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Improve ability to mashup and integrate data sets

It would be helpful if there were some standard formats for the data sets that are posted on data.gov. It would make it easier to create mashups and to integrate data across data sets. In addition, standards for key fields are needed.

Submitted by (@jenkins.lisa)

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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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Let Collaborative Tools Drive Future Contributions

The "Collaboration" section that starts on page 9 of the draft is a great start. Over at http://groups.csail.mit.edu/haystack/blog/2009/11/23/building-a-social-data-commons/ I've listed a few more. Summarized here: 1) For each data set, provide a set of developer-generated recipes for data manipulation so that future developers can stand on the shoulders of previous users of this data set by sharing tools and techniques. ...more »

Submitted by (@adammarcus)

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Data Hosting for National Datasets

Have Data.gov serve as a platform for serving national data. In addition to serving as a catalog, provide actual data hosting capability, e.g. hosting national framework data layers to support a wide variety of mapping (ala The National Map). Additionally, this may be of particular value to support collaborative and cross-agency efforts such as Imagery For The Nation – Imagery For The Nation (IFTN) is an attempt to ...more »

Submitted by (@davidsmith)

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