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What’s new at Data.gov

What’s new at Data.gov

Data.gov, the home of the government’s open data information, has announced a new features for its open data platform. 

First, Data.gov has added a new “Open With” menu that will enable users to directly open datasets with Plotly and CartoDB – both data visualization tools. Plotly converts datasets into graphs, and CartoDB,can be used to quickly turn geospatial data into maps, some of which can be seen in this gallery of maps using government data.

The Open With menu also now supports KML and zipped Shapefiles. Data.gov will continue to add third-party tools to it. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also worked with Data.gov on an interactive data visualization tool to better illustrate the agency’s support for community building.

The tool allows the public to explore FEMA grant data related to fire, preparedness, mitigation and public assistance. The tool visualizes disaster declarations by state, hazard and county.

Data.gov also launched a customer service platform for users to request data and report problems with current datasets. The new Help Desk is based on the Open311 specification commonly used by local governments to allow citizens to request non-emergency municipal services and track progress of those requests.

On Data.gov, users will be able to request specific data to be released, submit issues (such as broken links or downloading problems) and check the status of those requests.

Currently the form is available on the Contact Us menu, but it will soon be integrated with datasets on the site. The developers also plan to make the Help Desk API available to agencies and organizations outside government.

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Mar 30, 2015 at 1:15 PM


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