January 13, 2016
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Open Data in the Age of Trump

The Data Coalition's Executive Director, Hudson Hollister, laid out his vision for open data policy for the next four years in a Medium article early this month. Hollister views the transformation of government information from static documents to standardized, open data formats as a necessary shift that will allow citizens to reap the rewards in two main areas: (1) better government management and efficiency and (2) greater transparency for citizens.

In January 2012, I resigned from my Capitol Hill job to start an organization that I called the Data Transparency Coalition. Now called the Data Coalition, we are the world’s only open data trade association.

We are entirely supported by contributions from our members: big, established companies like Experian, PwC, and IBM and surging startups like and FiscalNote.

Our mission is both simple and ambitious: government information should be published as standardized, machine-readable data.

Our reasons? We have three. Open data delivers transparency for the public, enables better management within government, and makes compliance cheaper, through automation.

Our methods are old-school: persuade Congress to enact open data reforms and encourage agencies to embrace the transformation, usually in business wear. This is our policy agenda.

Our organization’s entire history has been with divided government: Republican-controlled House of Representatives and later Senate, facing a Democratic administration. Donald Trump’s inauguration this month will change that.

The President-Elect has not promised to bring technological modernization to government. Nor has he shown a commitment to transparency — data transparency or any other kind.

Yet the federal government’s open data transformation can, and should, continue. Here is how.

Continue reading Hudson Hollister's Medium article here

Watch on Government Matters: DATA Act Updates and Open Data in the Next Administration with Hudson Hollister

Eight Key Steps to Implement the DATA Act

Preserving Agency Data During the Presidential Transition 

Member Blog: OpenDataSoft

In early January, Jason Hare of OpenDataSoft authored a blog titled, "Federal Public Spending Data, XBRL and the DATA Act". The following is an excerpt.
Governments large and small spend considerable amounts of public money to pay for health facilities, public safety, social aid and public works, and capital improvement projects. This money is usually derived from taxes that are allocated to federal programs by Congress, but they can also come directly from agency fines, fees, or settlement collections. This makes reporting Federal public spending data including agency financial information somewhat problematic and just plain difficult.
Continue reading Jason Hare's blog here.


Financial Data Summit 2017, Thursday, March 16: Join us and Donnelley Financial Solutions for the third annual Financial Data Summit. The Summit is an all day event and will be held at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C.

Attendees will be from across the government, advocacy, tech and financial sector. The Financial Data Summit's main policy focus will be how U.S. regulatory entities can standardized data across their reporting regimes. Registration is now open!

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here or contact

Mark your calendar:

 - DATA Act Summit, Thursday, June 28, 2017
 - Data Transparency 2017, Tuesday, September 26,      2017 (hosted by the Data Foundation
Promoting Higher Quality and Lower Cost in Financial Regulatory Reporting
Senate moves to make more federal data machine readable

Data Coalition Members

Research Data Group
Donnelley Financial Solutions

Booz Allen Hamilton
MorganFranklin Consulting
StreamLink Software

Center for Organizational Excellence
CGI Federal
Elder Research
Grant Thornton
Information Builders
PR Newswire

Zenius Corporation

Trade Association
Object Management Group 


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The Data Coalition advocates on behalf of the private sector and the public interest for the publication of government information as standardized, open data.
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