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The official logo 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.

According to its website, "The purpose of is to increase 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 government information, 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[2] Kundra said, " will publish data feeds, so we'll have a vast array of data".[3]

The purpose of the site is to establish a set of requirements "that will make it possible to establish a web services infrastructure to expose at least partial representations of these databases as streams of XML".[4]

The site will bring some of the philosophy of open data to the government, an approach which the book Democratizing Data states will have benefits including "rebuilding confidence in government and business".[5]

For its one-year anniversary, launched a redesigned website on May 21, 2010.[6] Its repository has grown from 47 datasets at launch to over 250,000. Jeanne Holm, Chief Knowledge Architect at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Knowledge Management team, joined as the Communications and Collaborations Lead,[7] James Hendler, an artificial intelligence researcher at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was 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, requires that all agencies post at least three high-value data sets online and register them on within 45 days.[8]


There are several apps that use data from, a list can be seen here applications.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About". Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  2. ^ Hansell, Saul (2009-03-05). "The Nation’s New Chief Information Officer Speaks". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  3. ^ Vivek Kundra (5 March 2009). Vivek Kundra: Federal CIO in His Own Words (partial transcript) (conference call). (Interview). Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Kurt Cagle (26 March 2009). "eGov Watch: The Importance of" (blog posting). O'Reilly Community. O'Reilly Media. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Aliya Sternstein (1 April 2009). "Kundra's Ideas Shape Book" (blog posting). nextgov (Tech Insider). National Journal Group. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  6. ^ " Pretty Advanced for a One-Year-Old". 
  7. ^ Van Buskirk, Eliot (2010-05-19). "Sneak Peek: Obama Administration’s Redesigned". Wired Epicenter. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  8. ^ Orszag, Peter R. (8 December 2009). "Open Government Directive" (PDF). Executive Office of the President. 

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