Check out’s New Metrics Page

Aug 4, 2017 recently updated its Metrics{.local-link} page to provide greater detail and transparency to the progress of the catalog.

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The updated Metrics page gives a breakdown of all the datasets currently on You can see the number of federal datasets vs. non-federal, and the number of agencies featured. Scrolling through the page, you can see how many datasets are listed by each agency. Where you see a + symbol, you can expand to see a more detailed breakdown of how many datasets are contributed by components within an agency or a department. The “Latest Entry” column on the right shows the date of the most recent change in an agency’s dataset collection–an addition, deletion, or change in the metadata for a dataset.

The data from the Metrics page itself can be downloaded as a CSV or Excel. A history of the datasets published per month, going back to 2013, is also available. The Metrics page is updated automatically on a nightly basis.

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For more background on metrics, including how the dataset count is determined, see our updated About page.{.local-link}

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