Foreign exchange program exposes Middle Eastern girls to computer coding
July 29, 2015
The State Department program, started in 2011, introduces nearly 30 teenage girls from the Middle East to Java programming and advanced computer coding.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
Data.gov celebrated its third anniversary on Monday.
“Over the past year alone, Data.gov has not only added more datasets, it has added more opportunities for interaction with them, and more opportunities for collaborating and sharing information both nationwide and around the world,” the site said in a post announcing its anniversary.
“These communities bring together experts from the public, academia, industry, and government to address the national challenges in energy, health, and law, and this year new communities launched on safety, education, manufacturing, oceans, ethics, developers, and business,” the site said. “From organizing challenges to inspire new innovations to supporting code-a-thons in cities, to building platforms for entrepreneurs to find new technologies and grow their businesses—Data.gov is putting federal data to work for Americans.”
The site now includes nearly 450,000 data sets from 172 federal agencies after launching with only 47 data sets back in 2009.
Data.gov is managed by the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies in collaboration with the U.S. chief information and technology officers.