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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Make download button obvious

Post the download link in a more obvious spot or make it more obvious. At first glance it blends into the webpage. I want to see the download button be big and obvious because that’s what I’m immediately looking for when I get to that page.

Submitted by (@tegoulet)

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DWG is not an open format or standard

The Autocad DWG format is not readable with normal tools.

Taxpayers should not be forced to spend money on tools to read the files.

Even the DXF file is more readable.

Submitted by (@jamesmichaeldupont)

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Add collaborative/social aspects to data.gov

In addition to the search options currently on data.gov and the spatial search capabilities discussed in other ideas, I suggest considering a third alternative: ask-a-friend. Like any forum, I post a question (for a specific dataset/service) and other users of the site may help me by pointing me to it. I could share my favorite (bookmarked) datasets with others or browse through their bookmarks to find data someone found ...more »

Submitted by (@martenhogeweg)

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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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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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Data.gov Dashboard - Use FEA BRM/SRM to model dashboard measures

I would like to recommend that the Data.gov dashboard be developed (aligned) with the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) Business Reference Model (BRM) and Service Component Reference Model (SRM). The BRM provides a view of the federal government’s core lines of business (the products and services it delivers to its citizens, the private sector, and other government agencies), and the SRM classifies the internal ...more »

Submitted by (@chuckgeorgo)

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Have Datasets Divided by Geography Appear as one set in search.

Data.gov would be more usable if there was not so many entries on the catalog search page taken up by one dataset which is divided up geographically. A single row in the search results which indicated the geographical divisions of the data and allowed the user to drill down to the geographic specific files would make data.gov more usable. Similarly, different versions of a dataset release on different dates (such those ...more »

Submitted by (@ken000)

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Data Enhancement/Manipulation Capabilities

Provide basic capability toward data enhancement/manipulation/packaging - Here, the idea would be to provide reusable infrastructure that can be used by data stewards for data enhancement, and potentially conversion and packaging. Sample use case: Data steward uploads an Excel spreadsheet containing his data, which also includes addresses and - and then uses tools provisioned by Data.gov to geocode the dataset to ...more »

Submitted by (@davidsmith)

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Data sets should be extensible like XBRL or RDF/OWL

Data sets should be extensible or flexible, similar to the characteristics of XBRL or RDF/OWL, rather than fixed schemas. This flexibility allows the data sets to evolve, it allows others to connect additional information to existing information. The notion of "linked data" as used by the Semantic Web people. Both XBRL and RDF/OWL are modeled as graphs which are extremely flexible. Combine these graphs with the ...more »

Submitted by (@charleshoffman)

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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 »

Submitted by (@afuller)

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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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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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