Passing the “mom test”: data.gov

In our discussion of the way in which governments engage more effectively with citizens online, we gave the example of Canada in Chapter 1. Another aspect of this relationship is about using e-government to achieve transparency and open government. Following the election of President Obama, the US site data.gov was seen as a way in which this could be achieved. Now, at its first anniversary, data.gov hosts over a quarter of a million datasets. A new look launches on 21st May, aiming to pass the “mom test”. Read this nice summary of the issues Obama’s Chief Information Officer faced in achieving the administrations goals (as well as finding out what the “mom test” comprises).

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