Open Data

The Data Briefing: Using Federal Open Data to Understand How Government Performs

Jan 6, 2016 |

Some highlights from the recent fall conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management: Localities that receive disaster mitigation funds also have more disaster declarations. Longer, more detailed proposed regulations receive fewer challenges to implementing the regulation. Agencies that are better at quantifying their results are safer from budget cuts. The findings above Read »

18F Reflects on Their Most Meaningful Projects in 2015

Dec 29, 2015 |

2015 was a big year for 18F. We almost doubled in size, worked with 28 different agency partners, and released products ranging from Design Method Cards to cloud.gov. Internally, we improved onboarding and our documentation by releasing guides on topics as diverse as content, accessibility, and creating good open source projects. To mark the end Read »

The Data Briefing: Does the Federal Government Have an Obligation to Educate Open Data Users?

Dec 16, 2015 |

Pop quiz on statistics and data science (answers at the end of the article): 1) I have some data on accidents at railroad crossings. One variable indicates the compass direction a railroad crossing faces (North, Northwest, Northeast, and so on). This variable is a/an: Ordinal Categorical Directional Interval 2) I have some ordinal data that Read »

The Data Briefing: Help #HackSuicide This Weekend

Dec 9, 2015 |

A month ago, I wrote about the White House’s call for data scientists and app developers to come together to help combat suicide. On December 12, 2015, there will be five hackathons around the U.S. to #HackSuicide. All the hackathons are free and open to the public. Even if you are not a data scientist, Read »

The Data Briefing: The Open Government Data Revolution Is Just Getting Started

Dec 2, 2015 |

Some of you may remember when President Reagan opened America’s Global Positioning System (GPS) data. President Reagan gave all countries access to the GPS data in response to the Soviet Union shooting down Korean Airlines Flight 007 on September 1, 1983. I do not believe that the U.S. realized how much opening up GPS data Read »

The Data Briefing: Innovating Health Data at the HHS Idea Lab

Nov 18, 2015 |

By the time this is published, the United States, along with 160 other countries, will be celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 16th through November 22nd). November is also National Entrepreneurship Month with November 17th being National Entrepreneurs’ Day. As President Obama stated in his proclamation: “In keeping with our goal of fostering economic growth through private-sector collaboration, Read »

The Data Briefing: White House Asks Data Scientists and App Developers to Help Suicide Prevention Efforts

Oct 7, 2015 |

The White House issued a call on September 30, 2015, for data scientists and app developers to help with a vital public health issue: suicide prevention. From the official announcement: “If you are a data scientist, analyst, tech innovator, or entrepreneur interested in sharing ideas and resources for suicide prevention, we want to hear from Read »

Bringing Water Protection into the Modern Age

Oct 1, 2015 |

Information technology is everywhere. How we communicate, and how we share with one another has gone digital, saving paper, time, money, and making it easier to get information faster and more reliably. Forty-three years ago, when the Clean Water Act was enacted, things moved a little slower. But the significance and impact of this important Read »

The Data Briefing: Connecting the (Data) Dots—NASA’s NYSpaceTag App

Sep 30, 2015 |

OpenNASA has recently completed another redesign of their site. With over 31,000 data sets, 194 code repositories and 36 APIs, OpenNASA probably has the largest collection of open data of any of the federal agencies. An especially helpful feature is a set of icons devoted to five types Read »

The Data Briefing: Surrounded by Fields of Federal Data—U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s PatentsView

Sep 23, 2015 |

Hello, everyone. My summer sabbatical was short but educational, and I am glad to be back in the federal government. I am also excited to again take up the weekly API article that is now expanded to include all things federal government data. Much has happened in the open data realm, and there is much Read »

Under the Hood: Building a New College Scorecard with Students

Sep 18, 2015 |

Summary: How the U.S. Digital Service worked with students, families, schools, developers and teams across the federal government to rebuild the new College Scorecard tool. My niece is a smart kid. I’m biased, but I swear she is. And just as I started working on the College Scorecard project as the U.S. Digital Service’s new Read »

How the CIO Council Made Our Open Data Prioritization Tool Kit More Open

Sep 4, 2015 |

The Open Data Prioritization Toolkit is categorized into phases of understanding, evaluating, and opening datasets. Read »

Services Mean Success for Federal Challenges

Aug 18, 2015 |

Challenge.gov offers a number of services to help agencies create successful competitions. One challenge that recently wrapped up made use of the full range of these services to come up with some creative, useful apps that have nationwide implications. Presidential Read »

NIST Hosts Reference Data Challenge to Create Mobile Apps

Aug 13, 2015 |

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants YOU to help them build native apps. NIST launched the Reference Data Challenge to improve the way the agency shares scientific reference data. They want third party developers from around the country to build native apps that aggregate and improve the usability of free NIST datasets and resources. Read »

An Innovation Framework That Delivers: The SunShot Catalyst Program

Aug 7, 2015 |

Behind every great innovation is a team. And behind successful innovation teams are efficient tools, processes, and most importantly, people. The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative funds projects that make solar energy more affordable and accessible for Americans. As part of the initiative, the SunShot Catalyst open innovation program seeks to rapidly deliver solar solutions Read »