Open Data: the new standard for federal agencies

Friday, May 10, 2013

On May 9, 2013, President Obama signed a groundbreaking new executive order that will ensure that non-confidential governmental data will be made publicly available.   The executive order, Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information, and the resulting Open Data Policy will ensure that "Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable." (Open Data Policy, section 1).

Watch the YouTube video where Todd Park, United States Chief Technology Officer, and Steven, VanRoekel, United States Chief Information Officer, talk about why open government data is important.

Read the White House blog: "Landmark Steps to Liberate Open Data
See the links at the bottom of the blog for several resources about open government data.



  • Ada Emmett
    Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Josh Bolick
    Scholarly Communication Librarian
    Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, KU Libraries
  • Marianne Reed
    Digital Initiatives Manager
    Digital Initiatives, KU Libraries
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