for government agencies

Learn about the U.S. Federal Government's tool for open data

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Uche Ogbuji

Date archived: September 6, 2016 | First published: February 28, 2012

Because people are more aware of the value of open data, entire new economies have sprung up around its use and management. Sophisticated taxpayers often demand open access to public data from governments, and even less informed users want to know how this type of information enhances data services such as online maps and charts. In 2009, the U.S. Federal Government launched, a site to aggregate feeds of government data. Pressure on agencies to publish information at has been steady. The Open Government Directive of 2009 requires all Federal agencies to post at least three high-value data sets online and register them on In this article, learn about, the basic information your agency needs to know to participate in this revolution in government, and ideas for doing so efficiently.

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ArticleID=795205 for government agencies