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Create standards that are needed to spur open data-

As the Dublin Core proved - a little bit of standardization can go a long way. In the open gov data arena, a short list of the areas it would make sense to have global standards on would help all governments and citizens get clear on what needs to be developed for voluntary adoption and where we develop the standards. This idea is to openly develop that short list so we can accelerate this transformation.

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Data.gov Accountability Dashboard on Front Page

The open government directive has specific requirements like the following:
Within 45 days, each agency shall identify and publish online in an open format at least three high-value data sets ... and register those data sets via data.gov... These must be data sets not previously available online or in a downloadable format.

Tracking those specific requirements on data.gov (separate from the open government dashboard... more »

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Relate Datasets

In browsing the current Data.gov holdings, one sees data which has in some instances been chunked (for example large datasets which would contain too many records as CSV) - perhaps these may be broken out by state, et cetera. Similarly, there are cases where there are datasets which are part of a time series (e.g. 2005->2006->2007 annual data releases) - it would be useful toward usability to have ways to relate these... more »

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Integrate Taxonomies, Ontologies, Thesauri

Toward more effective means of data discovery, particularly as more and more datasets are published and registered in data.gov, one thing that might provide value, particularly to, for example, the science community, might be integration and use of existing taxonomies, ontologies and thesauri as developed by various agencies.

Models for integration exist, such as CUAHSI in the water community, or GBIF for biodiversity.... more »

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Top 5 metadata elements?

What would the community feel is the top 5 metadata elements that should be mandatory for a dataset catalog record AND of those 5 which do you think is most important to developers and citizens wanting to discover and use datasets that are relevant to them?

Here is a recommendation:
1. Subject Coverage (aka topic or "WHAT", for a hierarchical tree display/browsing)
2. Schema Location (for structured datasets)
3. Geospatial... more »

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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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Change to Paperwork Reduction Act

In light of the new Open Government Directive that was released by the White House on Dec. 8th 2009 can the Paperwork Reduction Act be updated (or at least and emergency exception be made) to allow government agencies to request feedback from the public to make better decisions as to what data sets these government agencies should make available.

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Statistics on military retirees

All military retirees are veterans but not all veterans are retirees. There is a need for statistical information on those who make the military their career, in addition to the data on veterans.

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Support and coordinate US Gov web services for tabular data

Many of the goals of data.gov will only be realized when many govt data shops serve web services using common standards so they can be accessed by other web services and synthesizing portals. Like a common 'what data exists in your database in this ___ geographic area [lat long box, county, zipcode, LL/zip centroid plus distance]?' web service standard. Work with teams in the major gov data centers to develop standards... more »

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Narrow Request of Data.Gov: Timely Local Area Economic Data

More than likely, a number of persons might have raised this issue. But, on the slight chance it hasn't been raised, I'd like to offer this comment about local economic development data.

Please issue economic development data in a timely manner. More specifically, please make the US Census' County Business Patterns and ZIP Business Patterns as current as possible. Only recently, the Census posted 2007 CBP and ZBP... more »

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Narrow Request of Data.Gov: Public Sector Data

Hello, I am posting another request regarding how economic development data are transmitted by the US Census via its CBP and ZBP. I haven't quite figured out why the Census doesn't include the public sector in its annual CBP and/or ZBP release. Couldn't officials in the Census devise some kind of crosswalk with officials with the BLS, which tracks public sector industries via its respective QCEW data set, so that the... more »

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If you build it, let them come. Simplified Finds.

On the main data.gov website, there is the Agency Participation tab. It does what you expect. It shows agencies and related statistics. What it doesn't do is simplify search. If you present this information, the statistics entice you to click on the participant to see what and why. If you can generate the numbers, you can populate a hyperlinked search to the datasets, tools, and more. Having to go back and then filter... more »

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Keeping language and instructions/links easy to follow

I suppose this isn't a terribly common problem, but not all of us grew up with this technology, or have been able to afford or access it too long between the place of residence not having acess to the web or the costs of equipment being too high for limited budgets. I can't speak for all, but sometimes the maze can be overwhelmingly confusing, trying to find what it is you're looking for, and then understand what it... more »

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Previously Published Data is Corrected - How Are Users Notified?

Lets say you publish the number of cases cleared each month in 2009 but later learn that the numbers for some months were understated due to a server problem. If someone has already downloaded and is using the defective dataset, how are they notified that they need to download the dataset once more in order to have accurate data?

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Clarify Data.gov Feedback Loop

I applaud the visionaries behind Data.gov for understanding the importance of feedback. It is great that there are feedback input mechanisms for datasets and also this feedback input site (ideascale) for feedback on the solution governance, architecture, and technologies.

But in an ideal world feedback is an ongoing conversation, with comments or suggestions going into the system, responses and requests for use cases... more »

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