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February 11, 2009: USACM's Recommendations to Transform Government for a Web 2.0 World

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February 11, 2009

ACM’s 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.

USACM’s 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 Technology Policy.

Read the full USACM statement.

View the ACM press release.