- 7/31/2013 11:41:20 AM
So that brings the question, assuming this passes how much is it going to cost us to standardize data across all of these departments? I'm sure it will be a painful process to begin but the long term gains should more than make up for the work required to bring everyone together.
- 7/26/2013 8:09:41 AM
SaneIT, me too. The Obama administration has paid a lot of attention to open data, but this legislation, at least in regards to federal spending, really takes the mandate to a whole other level.
- 7/26/2013 7:16:37 AM
Well then I hope this or at least parts of it make it through. I can imagine how the CBO must deal with this type of issue. My guess is that they spend almost as much time trying to decipher the data as they do making sure everything adds up.
- by kq4ym, Data Doctor
- 7/25/2013 10:11:14 AM
This can only be a good thing. But, being an extrememely complicated puzzle to be put together by bureaucrats and politicians, it may not work as promised or come anytime within a reasonable time. Ever tried to navigate throught a government website? Not an easy thing to do, and this open data project can hopefully work many times more usefully than the typical government project.
- 7/25/2013 7:54:43 AM
@SaneIT -- good question, and the truth is that some of this has been happening, but piecemeal. One of Hollister's big points is that no single entity within the government has been charged with establishing a standard data framework. That's why the DATA Act would put Treasury in charge.
- 7/25/2013 7:51:36 AM
A lot of this sounds like something that should have happened long ago. Why would you not want a common framework for all the data that our government is using to make decisions every day? I don't think it will stop every instance of abuse or that we'll avoid every mistake but at least having that commonality will let those making decisions know what they are asking for and what they are looking at.