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Official logo of is a U.S. government website launched in late May 2009 by the then Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the United States, Vivek Kundra. aims to improve public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government.[1] The site is a repository for federal, state, local, and tribal government information[2], made available to the public.

History and background[edit]

On March 5, 2009, shortly after his appointment as the first Federal Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra announced the creation of[3] The website is managed and hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration, Technology Transformation Service.[4]

The site introduced the philosophy of digital open data to the U.S. federal government, an approach which according to the book Democratizing Data will have benefits for states including "rebuilding confidence in government and business".[5] has grown from 47 datasets at launch to over 180,000. Jeanne Holm, Chief Knowledge Architect at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Knowledge Management team, was previously the Communications and Collaborations Lead for,[6] James Hendler, an Artificial intelligence researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was at the time named the "Internet Web Expert" and tasked with helping exploit advanced Web technologies

Open Government Directive[edit]

The U.S. Open Government Directive of December 8, 2009, required that all agencies post at least three high-value data sets online and register them on within 45 days.[7]


A list of software applications using data from can be seen at

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About". Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  2. ^ "Non-Federal Data - How to Get Your Data on". Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  3. ^ Hansell, Saul (2009-03-05). "The Nation's New Chief Information Officer Speaks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-30.
  4. ^ "Who developed". U.S. General Services Administration.
  5. ^ Aliya Sternstein (1 April 2009). "Kundra's Ideas Shape Book". nextgov (Tech Insider). National Journal Group. Archived from the original (blog posting) on 25 August 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  6. ^ Van Buskirk, Eliot (2010-05-19). "Sneak Peek: Obama Administration's Redesigned". Wired Epicenter. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  7. ^ Orszag, Peter R. (8 December 2009). "Open Government Directive". Executive Office of the President.

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