Unlocking public access to government data is a critical component of the President's Open Government Initiative because of the role it can play in driving
innovation by tapping into the ingenuity of the American people;
increasing agency accountability; and changing the default setting of
Washington to be open, transparent and participatory.
From the inches of rainfall measured by NOAA's
National Weather Service to the complex portrait of our nation completed
every ten years by the U.S. Census Bureau, data collection
and the public dissemination of that information has played a critical role at
the Department of Commerce since it's founding. That legacy is why we're
fully committed to making our datasets more accessible to regular citizens and
developers using the government-wide effort, Data.gov.
On Data.gov, three different kinds of Commerce data sets are available:
- Raw Data -- Raw data features instant
view/download of platform-independent, machine readable data in a variety of
formats (e.g. .csv, .xml, .xls, etc.). Take a look at Commerce's Raw Data on Data.gov.
- Geo-Spatial Data -- Geo-spatial data includes trusted, authoritative, Federal geospatial data, including both "raw" datasets and tools. Take a look at Commerce's geo-spatial data on Data.gov.
- Tools -- Tools provide
the public with simple, application-driven access to Federal data with
hyperlinks. This catalog features widgets and data-mining and extraction
tools, applications, and services. Take a look at Commerce's Tools on Data.gov.
Know a data set that's not already up on Data.gov? Think of way we could make it easier for you to use the data we're collecting? Let us know at OpenCommerce.IdeaScale.com and we may include your idea in our upcoming Open Government Plan.