The USA is close to issuing a…

The USA is close to issuing a new policy that will change the way agencies release data to the public - Machine-readable legislative data is already available


Two good news for the open government data community coming from the USA regarding the opening up of government data in machine-readable way in January 2013.  

1) White House to mandate machine-readable open data 
As announced by Todd Park, the federal chief technology officer, on Friday (4 Jan 2013) White House technology leaders are close to issuing a new policy that will change the way agencies release data to the public. 

"We are going to continue to enlist additional federal agencies in the open data initiatives program as fast track liberators of key existing data sets that could create large scale economics benefit while protecting privacy," Park said at the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology meeting in Washington. "We also, as per the recently announced Digital Government Strategy just this past summer, with OMB will be releasing policy soon that makes open and computer readable the default status of new data created by the government going forward." 

2) U.S. House makes legislative data more open to the people in XML 

On Tuesday (8 Jan 2013), the Clerk of the House made House floor summaries available in bulk XML format. Yesterday (10 Jan 2013), the House of Representatives announced that it will make all of its legislation available for bulk download in a machine-readable format, XML, in cooperation with the U.S. Government Printing Office.

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