U.S. Government Opens Data with New Law

Alma Trotter

January 15, 2019

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! POTUS has signed the “Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018” which included the ‘Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary Government Data Act’.

What does this mean?

Open data, machine-readable formats, by default. With this law, it is now the responsibility for government agencies to make ALL non-sensitive data open in a machine-readable format. It is a huge win for the open data world. For more than three years, the Data Coalition has supported the efforts that led to this law and its passing.

Things to note:

In this piece of legislation, several important definitions are established:

  • machine-readable
  • open data
  • metadata

The data shall be published on an annual basis at the least. And, government agencies have one year to ensure activities meet the requirements.

Let’s celebrate the government taking one giant step toward a more transparent future.

open data (scrabble)

credit: justgrimes

Alma Trotter

Alma helps CareSet with Data Quests. She graduated from UT Austin with a major in Anthropology. After moving to Houston she made cupcakes at the Black Hole coffee shop, managed the Caroline Collective co-working space, and then joined CareSet in 2013. She now pursues a location-independent lifestyle, working remotely for CareSet from New Mexico with her two cats as in-purrson officemates.

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