Sunday, May 24, 2009, mentioned here a few weeks ago as just around the corner, has now arrived. Here's how it describes itself..

The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.
As a priority Open Government Initiative for President Obama's administration, increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets. The data catalogs will continue to grow as datasets are added. Federal, Executive Branch data are included in the first version of

Participatory Democracy

Public participation and collaboration will be one of the keys to the success of enables the public to participate in government by providing downloadable Federal datasets to build applications, conduct analyses, and perform research. will continue to improve based on feedback, comments, and recommendations from the public and therefore we encourage individuals to suggest datasets they'd like to see, rate and comment on current datasets, and suggest ways to improve the site.


A primary goal of is to improve access to Federal data and expand creative use of those data beyond the walls of government by encouraging innovative ideas (e.g., web applications). strives to make government more transparent and is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. The openness derived from will strengthen our Nation's democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.


  1. Interesting radio show (WAMU 88.5, Wash. DC) on Tuesday, May 26 @.12:06 pm., The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Transforming Government Data:

    The show referenced a site that tracks most used words in the Congressional Record:


  2. Thanks D, found a bunch of interesting "related links" at the WAMU site that I didn't know about. Capitalwords was reviewed here earlier...
    A post on government data and the invisible hand might also be of interest