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.”
Read the full FedScoop article here.
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.”