"High Value Datasets" is a bunk term.
When the feds introduced the term High Value Data, my immediate response here was "what the heck is 'High Value Data'?!" We quickly extracted the definition from the Open Government Directive and here it is:
"High-value information is information that can be used to increase agency accountability and responsiveness; improve public knowledge of the agency and its operations; further the core mission of the agency; create economic opportunity; or respond to need and demand as identified through public consultation."
Now we've had a chance to go through and take a look at some of the datasets. Our http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com is having a field day analyzing the data, pointing out flaws in the data and generally doing a great job of figuring out what's actually new in the datasets.Continue reading