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If you haven’t looked at data.gov lately, you should. It was launched one year ago and has had a bit of a makeover recently and has added lots of new data.
OMB Watch has a quick overview and comment about the current state of data.gov (Data.gov Celebrates First Birthday with a Makeover, by Roger Strother, OMB Watch. 05/24/10).
Check out these highlights:
- Apps where developers are creating a wide variety of applications, mashups, and visualizations. From crime statistics by neighborhood to the best towns to find a job to seeing the environmental health of your community…
- Semantic Web where they highlight a set of data.gov resources reformatted into Resource Description Framework (RDF) format. These allow new kinds of rich interaction with the data. See, for example, the White House Visitor Search. Also see the Thetherless World Weblog from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where some of this work is being done.
And don’t forget, at Data.gov, “data” can mean just about anything, even the Foreign Relations of the U.S.