Citizen cartographers join the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Office of Digital Strategy for the first-ever White House Mapathon.
Two years ago, President Obama signed an Executive Order (E.O.) to improve how our government shares information for the benefit of the American people. Today, we're excited by how far open data has come in the U.S. and around the world.
On April 20, OSTP and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted the 2015 Patents for Humanity award winners for a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Patents for Humanity, which was launched at the White House in February 2012, is a USPTO program that recognizes innovators who use pioneering technology to confront humanitarian challenges.
The Obama Administration has take important steps to make modern approaches, such as prizes and challenges, standard tools in every Federal agency's toolbox. Nearly 400 prizes and challenges have been posted on challenge.gov since September 2010, and thousands of Federal employees across the government are using these approaches to deliver services more effectively and efficiently, and to solve problems that relate to the missions of their Agencies.
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.