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October 21, 2016
Data Coalition News
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The latest:
  • 8,200+ CRS Reports Published on New Website
  • Hudson Hollister on GSA's Newly Launched U.S. Data Federation 
  • Member Spotlight: Esri Partners with Waze
  • Join our team! We’re Seeking a Development Associate!

8,200+ CRS Reports Published on New Website

Earlier this week over 8,200 Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports were published online at EveryCRSReport.com by Demand Progress.
Features of EveryCRSReport.com:
  • 8,200 CRS reports
  • Search functions and the ability to filter reports by topic
  • Automatic updates through RSS feeds
  • Freshness ratings, which say how much a report changed when it was updated
  • The ability to view reports on your mobile device
  • Bulk download of all the reports
  • All the code behind the site 
The Data Coalition and Demand Progress, along with numerous other transparency organizations, have strongly supported the publication of CRS reports online and available to all taxpayers. CRS reports are not released to the public, but Congressional offices have unlimited access to the non-confidential reports published by the federal agency. In fact, a 1998 Senate Rules Committee memo encouraged members to use their own websites to share reports.

In March, the Coalition joined a letter with over 30 civil society groups, advocacy groups and trade associations supporting the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 (Open CRS Act; H.R. 4702 and S. 2639). The Coalition also signed on to thank you letters with eighteen non-profits to the four lead sponsors: Senators Leahy and McCain, and Representatives Quigley and Lance.

Read Demand Progress's full press release here.

This week's announcement represents a victory for Demand Progress Policy Director Daniel Schuman, who has spent many years advocating for the full, public release of CRS reports. A former CRS lawyer himself, Schuman helped start the Congressional Transparency Caucus in 2009 and founded the Congressional Data Coalition in 2013 with CRS transparency in view. By recruiting Congressional leaders to voluntarily provide all CRS reports to EveryCRSReport.com, and by designing and funding the new portal, Schuman has realized his goal.

Hudson Hollister on GSA's Newly Launched U.S. Data Federation 

The Data Coalition's Executive Director Hudson Hollister spoke with Samantha Ehlinger of FedScoop about the newly launched U.S. Data Federation from the General Service Administration (GSA). Below is an excerpt from the article. 

Hudson Hollister, founder and executive director of the Data Coalition, said it is exciting to see the GSA put an emphasis on standardization.

“Data.gov up until now has been about publishing data sets, but not about standardizing them. Without data standards, published data might not be useful because it’s got to be extensively translated and transformed to be comparable across different agencies,” Hollister said. “It looks as though with the announcement of the U.S. Data Federation, GSA is recognizing that.”

When publishing data sets, agencies should look to see if a standard structure or format exists that they can use, Hollister said, “because that makes the data sets more likely to be comparable with things other agencies or other offices have published.”

Data.gov’s focus, Hollister said, is “let’s get as much stuff published as we can, and at least start people thinking about data publication and using the data, or trying to.”

Read the full FedScoop article here.

Member Spotlight: Esri Partners with Waze

Last week member company Esri announced a new partnership with Waze, the free, crowdsourced traffic and navigation app powered by drivers. Esri builds ArcGIS, a powerful mapping software that improves the world. 

This partnership means that Esri can expand its current templates and tools to allow governments to quickly work with Waze to build an app-to-infrastructure system. Through the Waze Connected Citizens Program, a free, two-way data exchange program, municipalities can share data they already manage in ArcGIS. This information will be expressed as open data in the application and can track road closures, government buildings, parking lots, points of interest, snow plow locations and more, which puts your data into the dashboard of more than 65 million monthly active users globally. 

Read Esri's full announcement here

We’re Seeking a Development Associate!

The Data Coalition is seeking a full-time Development Associate to help build our campaign for open data! If that person might be you or someone you know, read on. We are the only trade association pursuing the publication of government information as standardized, open data. Through advocacy, outreach, and events, the Coalition supports policy reforms that require governments to transform their information. Interested candidates should submit a resume to info@datacoalition.org.

Read the full job description here.
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