GSA points the way to federated data

GSA points the way to federated data

In order to promote open and interconnected digital government, the General Services Administration launched the U.S. Data Federation, a website that will profile cross-agency projects that demonstrate unified and coherent data architectures.

The Sept. 29 introduction of the U.S. Data Federation expands on Data.Gov and supports governmentwide data standardization and federation, as seen in such efforts as the specifications for Open311, the Project Open Data metadata schema, the Voting Information Project, the Department of Transportation’s National Transit Map and the Police Data Initiative.

The initiative will also pilot the development of reusable data federation components, including schema documentation tools, schema validation tools and automated data aggregation. The public will be able to access the site to compare government data analyses and use the data to develop applications that work across agencies.

GSA will catalog the emerging data standards and application programming interface initiatives of local, state and federal agencies and display their maturity levels and scale of implementation on a dashboard on the U.S. Data Federation website.

The website will cover the entire lifecycle of data federation, from data curation to describing existing data standards to documenting standards use by agencies. Where no standards exist, the website would document the policy and best practices for standards development.

The notion of data federation derived from the geospatial data community, which created a process for inventorying, releasing and documenting data from within source agencies in a decentralized and standard system.

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a former reporter/producer for GCN.

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