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Jump to: navigation, search is a U.S. government website launched in late May 2009 by the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the United States, Vivek Kundra.

The site states "The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government." [1]

The site will "become a repository for all the information the government collects." The site would publish to the public any data that is not private, or restricted by national security reasons. [2]


History and background

Following his appointment, Vivek Kundra announced on March 5, 2009 that he would be overseeing the creation of the information repository, The New York Times reported.[2] Kundra said " will publish data feeds, so we'll have a vast array of data, and the way I like to think about this is that if you think of two forms of data that have been published in the federal government that have fundamentally transformed the economy."[3]

The importance of this site is that "It is a set of requirements, established by the Fed CIO Vivek Kundra, that will make it possible to establish a web services infrastructure to expose at least partial representations of these databases as streams of XML."[4]

The site will bring some of the philosophy of open data to the government, an approach which the book Democratizing Data states will have benefits including "rebuilding confidence in government and business".[5]

Concept of Operations Document

The Office of Management and Budget has released a concept of operations (CONOPS) document outlining the vision, architecture and future of

Open Government Directive

The US Open Government Directive of December 8, 2009 requires that all agencies post at least three high-value data sets online and register them on within 45 days.

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