May 21st, 2009
06:57 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama administration launches data Web site

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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,, 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. " is going to be a one-stop shop for free access to data generated across all federal agencies. As we develop, 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," 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. is part of the Obama administration's "Open Government Initiative."

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Betts

    This ought to leave the Republicans in the dust....they won't have a clue how to use it! Ha ha ha. Morons.

    May 21, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. Ken

    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.

    May 21, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. Gary

    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.

    May 21, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Spencer

    Oh no. Another hurdle of modern technology the Republicans will have to learn.

    May 21, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Jason

    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.

    May 21, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    More smoke and mirrors borrowed from the old Clinton administration

    May 21, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Steve (the real one)

    Big Whoop!!! How many bills have been signed without the five days for us to review as was promised by candidate Obama?

    May 21, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Leon

    A lot of speeches and... data, but no life-time experience nor substance, so what is new?

    May 21, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. Minnesotan

    Oh, no! Facts! Statistics! Details! Open information! Reality! The Republicans and conservatives avoid facts like Superman avoids Kryptonite!

    May 21, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. John

    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!

    May 21, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. fella from chicago

    Ah, another transparency website.

    May 21, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  12. well...


    WHAT ???!!!!!?????

    TECHNOLOGY ????!!!!????

    That's Socialism!!!!!

    We paid for it... we should be able to have free access too it.

    Wow...Nice job. A worthy initiative.


    May 21, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. fools, fooled by obama

    will we have to wear black boots and brown shirts in honor of the chosen one ???

    May 21, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  14. thephantombloggerstrikes

    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.


    May 21, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  15. Amanda

    This is change I believe in. Thank you President Obama.

    May 21, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  16. Sarah

    I know he promised transparency, but good Lord! how many .gov websites does the Obama administration need?

    May 21, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Why???

    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???????

    May 21, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. data in the right hands is helpful

    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

    May 21, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  19. Pat, CA

    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

    May 21, 2009 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  20. DAVE N CA

    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.......

    May 21, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  21. Virginia

    Cool another great idea for this new administration!!!!!!

    May 21, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  22. Dee, NJ

    Hillary got a job, put Bill had the backgroud check?....?????

    May 21, 2009 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  23. I

    I love it. This technically savvy girl doesn't mind a President utilizing creative ways to convey information.

    May 21, 2009 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |