Data.gov Goes Open Source

Data.govData.gov, the US Government’s website to provide access to datasets from the Executive Branch, released a plan on transparency and open government.  Working with the government of India, the US is building an open government platform.  From the White House website:

The plan specifically called for an effort under the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue to produce “Data.gov-in-a-Box” — an open source version of the United States’ Data.gov data portal and India’s India.gov.in document portal.  The U.S. and India are working together to produce an open source version available for implementation by countries globally, encouraging governments around the word to stand up open data sites that promote transparency, improve citizen engagement, and engage application developers in continuously improving these efforts.  Technical teams from the U.S. and Indian governments have been working together since August of this year, with a planned launch of the open source product (which is now called the Open Government Platform (OGPL) to reflect its broad scope) in early 2012.

The Open Government Platform is built on Drupal, a popular open-source content management system (CMS).  It can be downloaded and used by federal, state, and local governments anywhere.  Developers from government, organizations, libraries, and other institutions will be able to access the data using APIs and other tools.  The first module of the platform is a Dataset Management System and has just been released.

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