In the spring of 2016, federal agencies were working hard to figure out how to meet the DATA Act’s ambitious mandate. Every agency had to organize its spending information to match a government-wide data format that the Treasury Department had just announced. The objective? Create a single, unified data set of the entire executive branch’s finances, to support transparency and analytics government-wide.
On May 10th, the Data Foundation’s sister organization, the Data Coalition will host the Texas Data Demo Day, where the Lone Star State will showcase its open data portals.Texas has been on the forefront of opening its data to deliver transparency to the public, outside government, and efficiency for managers and leaders inside government.
What a first year the Data Foundation has had! We launched in January with an ambition to become the leading industry-focused open data research organization. And we got busy, very busy: our year was crowded with educational programing, the first substantive research report on the DATA Act, the nation’s largest-ever open data conference - and much more.
Imagine if local governments were like restaurants, where you could pick up a menu of public datasets, read the names and description and then order whatever suits your open data appetite?
This transparency advocate’s fantasy became reality in California on July 1, when a new law took effect. S.B. 272 added a section to the California Public Records Act that requires local agencies (except school districts) to publish inventories of “enterprise systems” on their websites. We are talking about catalogs of every database that holds information on the public or serves as a primary source of government data.
Data Transparency 2016 will bring together the open data leaders from the Obama Administration, dozens of federal agencies, transparency groups, and the technology industry to share the State of the Union of open data. For the first time, we're co-hosting with the White House.
Open data reforms are happening because policymakers are starting to understand how open data changes the world. But building that understanding better and faster was nobody's full-time job. Until it became the Data Foundation's.