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Park: Governmentwide data memo coming 'soon'

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The Obama administration will soon issue policy requiring new government data to be open to the public and machine readable as a default, said Todd Park, chief technology officer within the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The White House said it would issue in November such a policy in the Digital Government Strategy, a May 2012 document outlining the administration's second wave technology agenda. Park spoke Jan. 4 before the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

The strategy also called for the November issuance of governmentwide policy on the use of web application programming interfaces and standards and practices for improved data interoperability.

During the PCAST meeting, Park said the administration will also this spring roll out changes to data.gov meant to make it easier to use and to display user-based feedback on what are the more important data sets on the site.

For more:
- go to a webcast of the Jan. 4 PCAST meeting

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