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Data.gov expands toolkit for citizen developers

As part of the White House’s statement of progress on the Digital Government Strategy, two innovations were announced by Data.gov, the federal government’s portal for federal datasets.

The first is a list of developer resources that includes links to all federal agency APIs and agency developer hubs. These APIs make government data freely available in machine-readable formats so that innovators and entrepreneurs can turn them into insights, products and businesses. The list of developer hubs links to pages that describe and document the agency’s digital government toolkit of APIs, software development kits, code repositories and open-source resources.

The second is the launch of Data.gov’s data catalog on an open-source data management system called CKAN, which will make it easier for Data.gov to federate with other federal agency catalogs as well as with those of states, cities and counties, according to the CKAN website. The new catalog offers improved search, better sorting and tagging of datasets, enhanced geospatial functionality and improved metadata.

CKAN was developed by the non-profit Open Knowledge Foundation and powers more than 40 data portals for local, national and international governments.

Data.gov plans to make its CKAN/Drupal set-up reusable for others on Github as part of the Open Government Platform.

Posted by Susan Miller on May 24, 2013 at 9:39 AM


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