On May 9, 2013, the President issued an Executive Order titled "Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information". This executive order states :
To promote continued job growth, Government efficiency, and the social good that can be gained from opening Government data to the public, the default state of new and modernized Government information resources shall be open and machine readable. Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable. In making this the new default state, executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall ensure that they safeguard individual privacy, confidentiality, and national security.
This Open Data Policy has been described as a "mind shift for federal government thinking" that focuses on reusing available data. According the memorandum accompanying this executive order, "making information resources accessible, discoverable, and usable by the public can help fuel entrepreneurship, innovation, and scientific discovery- all of which improve Americans' lives and contribute significantly to job creation." The innovations that accompanied making GPS data publicly available is an example of what can be achieved with this policy.
In order to implement this policy, agencies must have a scalable and flexible information management and governance system that facilitates the identification, extraction and integration of data. The effective implementation of this policy also requires that careful attention be paid to data quality, security and privacy. The executive order requires that agencies "strengthen measures to ensure that privacy and confidentiality are fully protected and that data are properly secured".
To address this Presidential Executive Order, IBM will host an "Open Data Policy Briefing" on Jan 29, 2014, at the Analytics Solution Center in Washington, DC. This event will provide a forum for agencies to share their experiences, best practices and insights with each other, and discuss capabilities in Information Management, Integration and Governance, Information Security, and Web API Management which agencies can leverage to implement the Open Data Policy.
Marcel Jemio's Presentation
Dave Zaharchuk's Presentation
/Andras Szakal's Presentation