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Data.gov Makes Agency Data More Accessible

A government data repository is rebuilt on open-source code to help desktop and mobile users navigate through more than 85,000 public datasets.

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ElenaMalykhina
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ElenaMalykhina,
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1/15/2014 | 3:11:14 PM
The numbers
Here are some numbers about Data.gov from Jeanne Holm that didn't make it into the story:

●  21 focused topic areas
●  225 organizations sharing data
●  342 apps developed
●  409 APIs
WKash
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WKash,
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1/15/2014 | 2:46:14 PM
Open Data
The GSA team behind Data.gov does an exemplary job of reaching out to a diverse community of users and incorporating the feedback they get into the site and making continuous improvements.  The challenge remains, however, in getting agencies to provide user-friendly data sets for the broader public.  The 85,000+ sets there now represents a good foundation, and an improvement over the much larger collection Data.gov used to offer, but which typically were difficult to harvest.  Bottom line: as Data.gov keeps improving, so do the chances that smart entrepreneurs will find ways to take advantage of the government's free data.

 
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