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.
- Open Data Licenses
- 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.
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:
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?