public policy committee, USACM, recently issued recommendations to make
the growing body of US government data more open and accessible to all
Americans. USACM issued the statement to encourage government policy
makers to use these guidelines when publishing data on the Internet.
recommendations advise that government data should: be in formats
promoting analysis; preserve the machine-readability when republished;
be accessible to citizens with limitations and disabilities; be
downloadable; be accessible using standard queries; be published using
data formats that do not include executable content; be digitally
signed or include attestation of publication/creation date,
authenticity, and integrity.
USACM also applauded
the new US Administration’s efforts to create openness in government.
“We are pleased that on day one, the new Administration and the new
Congress have made transparency a priority,” said USACM member David
Robinson, Associate Director of Princeton’s Center for Information
Read the full USACM statement.
View the ACM press release.