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The Coming Government Data Flood


SkitchGovernment is releasing data at a breakneck pace, and it is just getting started. One interesting side effect of our National Data Catalog is that we're regularly parsing all of the data on, and we're able to do interesting things with the aggregate metadata. By parsing out the release date for each dataset on, and grouping each release by quarter though it's easy to see that since the second quarter of 2009-- when was released, the federal government has released more raw datasets than it ever has in the past. Take a look at what's happened after launched:

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DC Gov Builds Amazing Open Gov Dashboard


Track DC / DDOT - District Dept of TransportationOn Saturday, the White House released its Open Government Dashboard. It features a big chart with 29 agencies on it measured by four attributes. I suspect that the technology behind this dashboard is likely an excel file, alongside staffers or interns checking each agency website for compliance. It's a start of something-- but a chart does not a dashboard make.

Here in Washington DC, amidst a couple feet of snow (with more on the way!), Mayor Fenty released Track, a real way for citizens to watch their government's performance. Both substance wise and technically, it out-atheletes the White House's Open Government dashboard.

More on how after the jump

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