White House launches Data.gov

The federal government’s new website, part of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative, “increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government.” While the site currently provides only a sample of federal datasets from a relative handful of government agencies such as the CDC and FDA, the true benefit of the project (which does plan growth over time) is the manner in which the data can be viewed. Datasets can be obtained in either XML, CVS/TXT, KML/KMZ or ESRI, and are sometimes available in multiple formats (including maps and visualizations).

– X. Avalos

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