About data.gov

Data.gov is the world’s preeminent Open Data initiative. The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the United States Federal Government. Data.gov is a large-scale, distributed program involving the public, federal agencies, Open Data and civic developers, as well as several communities ranging from health, public policy and education to energy and technology. The data catalog website that put Open Data on the worldwide map, in May 2009, is undergoing a transformation into a cloud-based open data platform to deliver universal access to citizens, enablement for developers, and more effective collaboration options for government agencies.

“Data.gov has spawned a global movement – 16 nations, 29 states, 11 cities and several international organizations have established open data platforms. In the coming months and years, we will see an explosion of apps based on the Data.gov platform which will disrupt our current thinking of how we procure technology solutions and how we deliver services to citizens.”
Vivek Kundra, U.S. Chief Information Officer, White House Blog

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  • May 21st 2009. Socrata-powered next generation platform was launched May 27, 2011


Socrata Unveils the New Data.gov, Opening Vault on Government Data
by John Cook, GeekWire, May 17, 2011

Data.gov Evolves From Repository To Cloud Platform
by Elizabeth Montalbano, InformationWeek, May 18, 2011

Presentation: Data.gov Next Generation. What’s Now, What’s Next
by Jeanne Holm, Data.gov Evangelist, May 12, 2011

Open Data Insights

Video: Leveraging Data for Improved Productivity

by Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Stanford, May 26, 2011

Getting to Know More About Ethics.gov

by Matt Compton, Ethics.Gov, March 15, 2012