Today the Obama administraion launched Data.gov, a new website designed to make governmental data easily accessible to normal people (who love looking at data) and in formats that allow software developers to mine the data.
This is an excellent step towards transparency in government. The ultimate utility will matter on how many databases they allow us access to and how often they are updated, but it looks like the new go-to site for government data.
Just at a glance, we’ve got extensive data for:
- USA Spending Contracts and Purchases (searchable database)
- Benefits Data from the Benefits and Earning (Social Security Benefits)
- Patent Application Bibliographic Data (2009)
- Graphical Database of Tornados (1950-2006)
- Rain, Hail and Snow Observations
- Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) Files (1978-2005)
- Migratory Bird Flyways for the Continental United States
Lots of government gathered scientific data and a couple things that look like they might have some actual “responsible government” implications. I’d love to see more of this.
Very well done.