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 data.world 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.
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