The federal government causes one blaze of a lot of data, but despite desultory careens toward usability, there’s little guarantee that it’s available in a way that represents it useful to anyone. That may be altered for the better with the OPEN Government Data Act, which the president signed into constitution last-place night.
The act virtually involves federal agencies to default when possible to attaining data( and metadata) public, to produce that public data in a machine-readable format and list it online. It likewise mandates that chief data officers be appointed at those agencies to handle the process.
This bipartisan piece of parliament operated through the House and Senate largely uncompromised, though the Treasury was removed from the index of organizations to which it would apply. I’m sure they had their reasons.
It’s a big win for defenders of open government, though considering the towering ineptitude and obsolescence of the federal information technology sphere, it’s probably a little bit early to celebrate. By necessity many new policies and systems will have to be updated before any busines is reasonable supposed to comply with the law, and who are able to take times. However, it certainly seems like a good direction for them to be on.