WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Obama administration is making government data more accessible with the launch of a new Web site Thursday.
An Office of Management and Busget representative tells CNN that in the next two to three weeks, the administration expects to use the new site, data.gov, to host more than 200,000 'datasets' - groupings of governmental information like the results of the last government survey of residential energy use.
The site is currently home to 46 'raw' datasets and 27 information tools, the OMB said in a statement announcing the site.
The site "will open up the workings of government by making economic, health care, environmental, and other government information available on a single website, allowing the public to access raw data and transform it in innovative ways," OMB Director Peter Orszag said in the statement. "Data.gov is going to be a one-stop shop for free access to data generated across all federal agencies. As we develop Data.gov, it will allow the American people to find, use, and repackage data held and generated by the government, which we hope will result in citizen feedback and new ideas."
The Obama administration says the site is an early step in making government data more available to the public.
"Moving forward, we want the default assumption to be that federal information is available at Data.gov," Obama's Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra also said in the statement. "This can be a creative platform that drives readable, machine-ready information across the government, giving the American people a greater voice in the government's priorities and broader access to the government's results," added Kundra.
The tools available on the site include a number of online widgets that users can embed in their own Web sites, blogs, or social networking profiles on sites like MySpace or Facebook.
Access and use of data on the new site is governed by the site's data policy.
Data.gov is part of the Obama administration's "Open Government Initiative."
This ought to leave the Republicans in the dust....they won't have a clue how to use it! Ha ha ha. Morons.
Seriously CNN Editors/Writers. Can you start spelling correctly? Run your text through a spell checker of some type?
"An Office of Management and Busget representative tells "
What is a Busget?
I remember when writers were hired because they had some type of command over the english language.
Will the web site have statistics on how many times Cheney tortured a terrorist and how many time Nancy lied about knowing about it? hehehe. Seriously, this sounds like an interesting web site. Hope it is successful. Just don't accidently put classified info or personal data on it.
Oh no. Another hurdle of modern technology the Republicans will have to learn.
There is no information on this site about marijuana: specifically, why it was deemed okay to ruin the lives of people who have used marijuana.
More smoke and mirrors borrowed from the old Clinton administration
Big Whoop!!! How many bills have been signed without the five days for us to review as was promised by candidate Obama?
A lot of speeches and... data, but no life-time experience nor substance, so what is new?
Oh, no! Facts! Statistics! Details! Open information! Reality! The Republicans and conservatives avoid facts like Superman avoids Kryptonite!
I suppose some will find a way to snipe or quibble, but I think this a great step forward. It is the people's data! We certainly paid for it!
Ah, another transparency website.
We paid for it... we should be able to have free access too it.
Wow...Nice job. A worthy initiative.
will we have to wear black boots and brown shirts in honor of the chosen one ???
I'm guessing that "Open Government Initiative" is a just a synonym for
"Camouflaged Government Misinformation". I hope I'm proven wrong, but I won't hold my breath.
This is change I believe in. Thank you President Obama.
I know he promised transparency, but good Lord! how many .gov websites does the Obama administration need?
He didn't honor his committment to put legislation on the web for 5 days before signing it--so why do we need more BS from him and failed promises???????
but stats can be twisted... lets hope that this isn't "Bushed" like the Artic warming was... when the scientists overwhelmingly said the earth was warming and Bush found the few scientists that would support his view and trumpeted them
what a nightmare Bush / Cheney was and is
The Obama administration is making government data more accessible with the launch of a new Web site Thursday
Except for the REALLY important stuff - like enough time for everyone (including Congress) to actually READ
this is very interesting...... i guess the messiah is going to tell the MSM what he wants them to report..... it is already like that now but when they decide they created a monster it will be too late to stop him....... here is another nail in the coffin of freedom of the press.......
Cool another great idea for this new administration!!!!!!
Hillary got a job, put Bill had the backgroud check?....?????
I love it. This technically savvy girl doesn't mind a President utilizing creative ways to convey information.