Posted: 11 Jun 2013 11:04 AM PDT
The U.S. Government is trying to improve the American dream by making sure that its citizens have access to some of the government’s arsenal of information. According to the Whitehouse article “Executive Order — Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information” the U.S. Government is putting their plan into action.
“By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. General Principles. Openness in government strengthens our democracy, promotes the delivery of efficient and effective services to the public, and contributes to economic growth. As one vital benefit of open government, making information resources easy to find, accessible, and usable can fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery that improves Americans’ lives and contributes significantly to job creation.”
The U.S. Government already has already made some information readily available such as weather data from the Global Position System. Thanks to this we can predict weather patterns, issue warnings and use location based applications. Other data resources such as health, medicine, education, public safety and other areas have experienced growth thanks to the free machine-readable information data posted on Data.gov. The government wants to continue to promote both job and economic growth so they have devised a plan to ensure that not only data is released but that it is made easily accessible to the public. In the world where we find much of our information out by clinging to the news or online sources hoping we can catch a glimpse into the world of the U.S. Government it’s refreshing for them to acknowledge our need for information and give us something to grow on and really get us going.
April Holmes, June 12, 2013
Phi Beta Iota: Lip service is better than nothing at all, but the reality is that the US Government has no vehicles in place for making sense of its own data at the Presidential level (Office of Management and Budget) and there are ZERO prospects of anything useful happening before 2016 if then.