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Obama to Agencies: Make Data More Public

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

May 10, 2013

President Barack Obama has “directed agencies to make their data easy to find and use by the public,” Federal Times reports, as agencies increasingly face requests and pressure to release government data to the public. The Office of Management and Budget has issued an open data policy requiring agencies to meet goals on improving data gathering, management and sharing. Agencies must create updated data set inventories, provide public listings of all public data and ensure the data is created and stored in “machine-readable and open formats, whether collected electronically, by phone or on paper,” the report states.
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