open data tutorial

Tutorials demo open data use cases

In efforts to make data more accessible and actionable, the Department of Commerce launched its Commerce Data Usability Project (CDUP) to provide tutorials that show how users get more value from government data.

For example, users can find tutorials demonstrating how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Severe Weather Data Inventory can assess hail weather patterns, or how to access the  National Institute of Standard and Technology’s security data to uncover vulnerability patterns.

The tutorials provide contextual information for the data, graphs and maps that put the data to use, and include links to datasets and code base through resources like GitHub and ZIP files. Users also can find what kinds of tools were used to evaluate or show the data, like Google Charts, JavaScript, Excel or Python.  

CDUP is part of a broader government-wide open data push, Commerce officials said, and is intended to grow over time. So far, the resource explores data concerning the economy, the environment and the cyber and social realms.

The Department of Commerce plans to continue building out its set of tutorials on CDUP, and also encourages contributors to submit their own tutorials that demonstrate new ways of using open government data.

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Amanda Ziadeh is a Reporter/Producer for GCN.

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