Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Federal agencies must post public data online

The White House released a series of wide-ranging mandates Tuesday designed to make agencies more transparent and cooperative in the public's requests for information about the inner workings of government.

Among other things, federal agencies have until the end of January to post three "high-value" data sets on, the online home of such government information.

The Open Government Plan delivers a victory to open-government groups that have long sought to transform how the government presents and shares information with the public.

The plan says that agencies must publish information online in a timely manner and present their data in a Web-friendly format that is available to download.
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