Advisory panel looks for 'moonshot' in Commerce data
April 24, 2015
The inaugural meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council discussed how the Commerce Department can take their troves of data to the next level for the American public.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The governments of the United States and India on Monday officially launched the Open Government Platform that combines and expands the best features of Data.gov and India’s India.gov.in.
The platform, thought of as "Data.gov in a box," will be offered to other governments free of charge using the open source community to provide future technology enhancements, open government implementation plans and technical support. It will be managed by the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.
OGPL has been developed to be a completed package for nations from around the world to implement an open data service, which includes government data, documents, tools and processes. This takes into account developing countries, small government entities and those who may be part way through the open data process.
The product is currently in beta release, but as it moves to pilot, the OGPL team is seeking an interested country to be an early adopter and testers for the first implementation of OGPL.
The purpose of the platform is to enhance access and use of government data to foster innovation; improve delivery of government services for interested countries and cities around the world; and promote government transparency, accountability, and public participation.
OGPL’s initial release will contain the essential features for a government to establish an open data capability. It is expected, using open source methodologies, that the global developer community will continue to expand and evolve the initial release to bring in improvements and new functionality.
Initially, OGPL will provide:
The beta code, developed by a team of 20 programmers from India and the US, is available on Github. Additional code releases are expected in the spring and summer of 2012 by the joint U.S. and India team and as the global open source community works to improve and expand OGPL.
The core of OGPL is the data, documents, tools and processes that governments will share and applications that are created by developers around the world.
Governments will be able to implement:
Developers will be able to develop applications to view, use, and merge various datasets building from: