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US Government Open Data Initiative

The United States White House has developed Project Open Data to encourage government agencies to share and produce opendata.
According the Project:

The White House developed Project Open Data – this collection of code, tools, and case studies – to help agencies adopt the Open Data Policy and unlock the potential of government data.

Here are some other materials in the Project.

  • Standards
  • Open Data Licenses
  • Tools
  • Data Formats
  • Case Studies
  • Other Resources

Best of all, the entire project is available on GitHub and contributions are welcomed.

I would love to see other organizations start to do similar things. Some organizations, such as Rackspace, have created support around open source coding projects. However, I am unaware of organizations doing things to standardize and encourage the sharing of opendata.


Does any know of any organizations working to create policies for releasing opendata?
If so, please leave a comment.

Highlights of the White House BigData Research Initiative

Yesterday’s announcement included a few main highlights:

  • NIH will make 200TB of human genetic variation data freely available on Amazon Web Services
  • NSF will provide $2M in support of undergraduate education for studying graphical and visualization techniques of bigdata
  • DoD will announce some prize competitions in the coming months
  • Numerous other projects to increase data analysis across the US Government

Here is one note I did find interesting (or funny).  One of the speakers mentioned the need for workers with bigdata skills.  He mentioned the workforce needs 159,000 workers with data skills.  Then a couple minutes later he mention a need for data savvy managers.  He mentioned the workforce will need 1,500,000 managers with data knowledge.   I just thought those 2 numbers did not match up well.

Here are a few more links to other articles summarizing the Research Initiative:

White House is Announcing $200M BigData Research Initiative

Later today (2-3:45 pm ET), the White House will announce a $200M BigData research Initiative. Appropriately, it is being named the “Big Data Research and Development Initiative.”

The announcement will be broadcast live on Science360.

See this PDF for a listing of bigdata projects within the US Government.

I am excited to see how this will affect the education and training of data scientists.
What are your thoughts? Is this a good idea?