Currently users can rate the data usefulness etc but the rating isn't that meaningful because it isn't related to what the user is looking for. Adding an ability for users to tag datasets with keywords will make it easier for people to run more specific searches. And, if you allow users to associate ratings to keywords the rating system will deliver much richer information.
I am a consultant that often works with a lot of government entities and it would be nice to have a web service to call to retrieve the datasets and display in our systems.
Recently I saw your documentary on the History..or Discovery channel outlining your plans for the Constellation Misson/Project. You stated that you could not land in a favorable and safe site due to the fact that you would only be able to uses solar panels during daylight periods. So you are landing in a dangerous site in order to have sunlight 24/7. This would seem to me that you are baseing the entire success of the... more »
The New Markets Tax Credit program supports Low-Income Community development. The CDFI Fund, who administers the program puts out a monthly "QEI Investment Report". This is a very useful report, and contains a lot of great information. The issue is that it is distributed in PDF format. This is fine for those who read it, but if you want to run any kind of analytics on the data, it must be first be extracted from... more »
All government agencies that provide data to the public should offer the data in standardized forms. This would include both the format (CSV, XML, SQL Server, Access, Oracle, etc.) and structure. For example, the State Energy Data System at EIA provides its annual data update in CSV, with columns for the variable name, location, date, and value. This would likely need to be modified for various applications, but if... more »
We currently manually download the Foreign Per Diem rates posted in excel on this website each month: http://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=233&menu_id=89
We import this data into our local travel expense database so we have to keep it up-to-date. If this data was posted in XML format, we believe we can automate the download/upload process that we're doing manually.
Can the data be standardized/harmonized using something like SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange http://www.sdmx.org)
When the desktop platforms for developers are locked down to the extent that the developers cannot explore new technologies and new solution approaches, creativity is stifled. There are a large number of solutions in the Federal government that were realized because developers were allowed to experiment with varying technologies. It is important that developers be enabled.
Building a UI of the government from the top down, which is multimedia (Adobe Flash) so the public can visually see how all the agencies connect and who they report too? From the top down so users can view the highest of government, down to the city they live in. All data could be connected to the agency it pertains to, and its representatives, with picture and years in office.
Example: A Family Tree