The Importance of Data.Gov

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Erica Naone of MIT Technology Review writes in her article “The Death of Open Data?” that funding for may be reduced in this year’s federal budget cuts.  According to Naone, the Electronic Government Fund may be slashed from $35 million to $8 million, which may affect the initiative.

Data experts note that the importance of is that it provides the public access to government data, creates a central location for the data, and  establishes a standard format for the data.  The standard format allow users to transform raw data into usable products.

For more information on the initiative, please visit the website.

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