Obama Supports Data Liberation

Yesterday Obama signed the executive action to make open and machine readable data the new default for government information.

“One of the things we’re doing to fuel more private sector innovation and discovery is to make vast amounts of America’s data open and easy to access for the first time in history.  And talented entrepreneurs are doing some pretty amazing things with it,” said President Barack Obama. “Starting today, we’re making even more government data available online, which will help launch even more new startups.  And we’re making it easier for people to find the data and use it, so that entrepreneurs can build products and services we haven’t even imagined yet.”

This initiative will include improvements to tabular and geospatial data at Data.gov, and the release of free open source tools through Project Open Data.

Margaret Spyker

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