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White House Expands Guidance on Promoting Open Data


White House officials announced expanded technical guidance to help agencies make more data accessible to the public in machine-readable formats.



NextGov, Aug 19, 2013.

... Following up on President Obama's White HouseMay executive order linking the pursuit of open data to economic growth, innovation and government efficiency, two budget and science office spokesmen on Friday published a blog post highlighting new instructions and answers to frequently asked questions.

Nick Sinai, deputy chief technology officer at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dominic Sale, supervisory policy analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, noted that the policy now in place means that all

"newly generated government data will be required to be made available in open, machine-readable formats, greatly enhancing their accessibility and usefulness, while ensuring privacy and security."

Opening up more data, they added,

"means more entrepreneurs and companies using those data to create tools that help Americans find the right health care provider, identify a college that provides good value, find a safe place to live, and much more. It also empowers decision makers within government, giving them access to more information to enable smarter, data-driven decisions."

The new guidance steers agencies to create and maintain an enterprise data inventory; to create and maintain a public data listing; to create a process to engage with customers to help facilitate and prioritize data release; to document cases in which data cannot be released; and to clarify roles and responsibilities for promoting efficient and effective data release.

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Here is Supplemental Guidance on the Implementation of M-13-13 "Open Data Policy - Managing Information as an Asset" on Github.

Agencies must take to meet the following five initial requirements of M-13-13, which are due November 1, 2013:

  • Create and maintain an Enterprise Data Inventory (Inventory)
  • Create and maintain a Public Data Listing
  • Create a process to engage with customers to help facilitate and prioritize data release
  • Document if data cannot be released
  • Clarify roles and responsibilities for promoting efficient and effective data release


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