(@daniel.a.munz)

Solution Architecture

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 »

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(@michael.daconta)

Developer's Corner

Developer Wiki

Though there is another idea regarding a wikipedia entry... I think it is important to have a separate wiki set up for developers as there are many developer topics where collaboration is key. Of course, there are tons of precedent for this whereby many major development efforts/sites have developer wikis.

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(@kohler.jim)

Solution Architecture

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 »

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(@davidsmith)

Developer's Corner

Code Repository

In addition to posting datasets and web services, Agencies should also be posting code and documentation. As with a data policy of "By default, all data should be made available, unless there are compelling reasons why not, e.g. sensitivity" so to should be the case with GOTS code. A large number of parallel development efforts by contractors and agency staff alike are underway across many agencies, often replicating... more »

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(@adriandwalker)

Solution Architecture

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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(@sressler)

Key Partnerships

Create a Data.gov Evangelist Position

Most of the big APIs like Twitter, Facebook, and now LinkedIn have a dedicated core team that spends a lot of time evangelizing the API and working with developers to get what they need. Data.gov needs a Data.gov evangelist who can be the community manager out on the road listening and talking and generally spreading the word on data.gov and its value. I think this is a separate role from leadership like Vivek Kundra... more »

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(@georgevicbell)

Agency Next Steps

Reporting problems with data

The system should have a way to add "notes" about the data. This could include specific things that should be watched for (for example, the assumptions that the data was collected under, or the methology used to collect it)...it's not much use to use the dataset "tax data for 1999" in a mission critical application if the methology was to "ask 10 people what the tax rate was in 1999" Likewise, there should be ways... more »

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(@davidsmith)

Solution Architecture

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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Strategic Intent

Post Links to All Agency ICRs Together

ICR = Information Collection Request. Example: http://edicsweb.ed.gov/. Each agency has a site like this, but it is sometimes hard to find. If they were posted together, data.gov users could more easily discover interconnections among data sets. The files at each link on the page explain: (1) WHAT data a department wants to collect from the public, and the form that will be used to collect it; (2) WHO must fill out... more »

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(@emclaughlan)

Strategic Intent

Method for searching by expertise, or finding expertise

The Data.gov CONOPS provides a great deal of information regarding the governance and advisory support made available by “POCs” and “Data Stewards” and other roles engaged in populating and supporting data on the site. The CONOPS also describes how Personally-Identifiable Information (PII) is protected, both for submitters and those engaged in the governance process. As well, some existing community forums are referenced... more »

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(@pesticides)

Solution Architecture

New FR pesticide information too hard to access

In October 2009 EPA stopped hosting its most useful site for new Federal Register pesticide information at http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/index.html

 

This was a vital and highly user-friendly site. Please put it back on line as this important information is neither easily accessible or user-friendly to access.

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(@jrice0)

General

Define and Develop a Meta Information Repository

The federal government is an information-intensive organization and it is imperative that data within and across the federal government be well managed. A central repository of data about data—also referred to as meta data—can be an effective data-management tool. However, a repository, as proposed here, is not to be confused with a data dictionary that merely gives definitions of data. A repository can be used to manage... more »

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