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.
(@john.weiler)

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Solution Architecture Innovation Lab (SAIL)

To establish an open and inclusive COTS & Open Source self vetting "lab" where innovators of the market can engage is exploring the realm of the possible with prospective govt programs before they go to RFP. This would allow PMs and users better articulate the capabilities of the market in a collaborative forum and virtual lab. The "evidence" would come from a network of non-profits whose combined labs would form the ...more »

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(@bobbygrant25)

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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 »

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(@niemann.brand)

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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 »

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(@khailaahosny)

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Explore an effective organizational structure for public service

The federal government provides various services to public across the united states. Any service involve collaboration between individuals from various offices, disciplines, technologies, and responsibilities. Need to identify an ideal organizational structure that facilitates the collective workforce efforts in improving service to public in the most economical way.

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(@adriandwalker)

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Social Media support for Executable English Q/A

Data by itself is necessary, but not enough, for practical applications. What's needed is knowledge about how to use the data to answer questions -- such as, "how much could the US save through energy independence?" There's emerging technology that leverages social media for the huge task of acquiring and curating the necessary knowledge -- in the form of executable English. One can Google "executable English" to find ...more »

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(@louissweeny)

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A micro-format tag set to describe data resources on the web

We need as many on-ramps for Agencies to get data assets represented on Data.gov as possible (see my On Ramps Idea). How about a micro-format (aka small light set of tags) that could help humans, search engines and other tools identify and aggregate data resources...this could be as simple as an adapted Dublin core set. This markup could be carried on the human documentation page, or on a separate page ala sitemap.xml. ...more »

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(@davidwanda)

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SPEED UP ACCESS BY REDESIGN

DOWNLOADING Data.gov takes forever because of the graphics in the heading. Remove the graphic or redesign so as to speed up downloading of the web site. Sorry I have a dinosaur of a computer, but it's all I have or can afford.

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(@ekansa)

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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 »

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(@jimrolfes)

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Include the capability tie individual data sets w/ super sets

Include the capability to align individual data sets with super sets.

 

Multiple agencies will have need for capability that enables the aggregation of data sets identified within Data.Gov. Data.Gov can be an excellent tool for linking data from separate owners (or in some cases a single owner) that conform to a consistent standard that can be used individually or combined to form a broader data set.

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(@afuller)

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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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