I would like to see a discussion on such topics as:
1) Government collects 450+ million in Social Security Tax each year but only spends roughly 145 million on Social Security any yet its... 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)
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
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.
Like many commercial product catalogs (i.e. Amazon.com) there is a web services api to search/access the catalog. Of course there are also REST APIs to do this (don't want a REST versus web services flame war here).
What catalog API would developers suggest for data.gov?
Is there a standard catalog API suitable for data.gov?
Discuss via your comments...
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.
Make sure the site is 508 accessible since its managed by GSA who are responsible for 508!