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."