Last week, New Orleans held an event to preview three datasets on policing they plan to open to the general public. This event was part of the City's contributions to the Police Data Initiative, launched in response to recommendations from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
In 2012, the White House, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology launched the Green Button Initiative, providing American businesses and families with simple and secure access to their energy consumption data in a standardized format. This effort has since grown significantly in size and sophistication.
Citizen cartographers join the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Office of Digital Strategy for the first-ever White House Mapathon.
On May 9, 2013, President Obama signed an executive order that made open and machine-readable data the new default for government information. Making information about government operations more readily available and useful is also core to the promise of a more efficient and transparent government.
Over the past few years, the Administration has launched a number of Open Data Initiatives aimed at scaling up open data efforts across the Health, Energy, Climate, Education, Finance, Public Safety, and Global Development sectors. The White House has also launched Project Open Data, designed to share best practices, examples, and software code to assist federal agencies with opening data. These efforts have helped unlock troves of valuable data — that taxpayers have already paid for — and are making these resources more open and accessible to innovators and the public.
For a complete collection of White House datasets, visit open.whitehouse.gov.