Celebrates Third Anniversary

Today marks the third anniversary of the U.S. government’s open data site, The first national open data site, led the way in opening government data around the world. Now 30 countries host open data sites and they are key tools in the global open government movement.

Growing from 47 datasets in 2009 to nearly 450,000 datasets today, reaches across 172 federal agencies to bring data to innovators, developers, analysts and citizens across the nation. The data shows up in smart phone apps, websites, and information that lets people buy smarter, use energy more efficiently, and find better health-care solutions each day.

Over the past year alone, has not only added more datasets, it has added more opportunities for interaction with them, and more opportunities for collaborating and sharing information both nationwide and around the world. In fact, President Obama’s Open Government U.S. National Action Plan considers an important tool to spur innovation in the United States and around the globe. has become a gathering spot for those with shared interests through its topic-based communities. Expanding these communities is a key priority of President Obama’s U.S. National Action Plan, which heralds six communities: – Education, Health, Law, Energy, Safety, and Research.

These communities bring together experts from the public, academia, industry, and government to address the national challenges in energy, health, and law, and this year new communities launched on safety, education, manufacturing, oceans, ethics, developers, and business. From organizing challenges to inspire new innovations to supporting code-a-thons in cities, to building platforms for entrepreneurs to find new technologies and grow their businesses— is putting federal data to work for Americans.
Join the celebration, discover new information, and find ways to get more from your money, your time, and your business. Visit! is managed by the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies working with the U.S. Chief Information Officer and U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Mash Up the World with!

USA Science Festival Logo.Join us on the National Mall for two days of science fun. This nonprofit festival will showcase 1,500 hands-on interactive activities and 75 stage shows for all ages.

International Open Government Data Conference: A Rousing Success!

The What's New International Open Government LogoExperts from around the world presented on the Semantic Web, Privacy and Security, Geospatial Innovations, Mobile Apps, E-Democracy, and more. Find their presentations here.

Join the conversation in our new Open Data Community launched at the Conference.

Tsunami Warning

Map of recent earthquakes.Real-time alerts and data related to the tsunami and earthquake off the coast of Japan.

  • West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
  • Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
  • Related datasets
  • A world map displaying recent earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.0 or greater on the Richter scale and a depth of 50 kilometers or less. To highlight activity off the Japanese coast, click on the location features for Japan and explore the magnitudes of the quakes by looking at different Richter scale values. This Semantic-Web powered demo was built by Li Ding, a research scientist at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Sunshine Week

March 13-19, 2011, is Sunshine Week, an international event that focuses on helping to open government data and information and freedom of information activities. In honor of Sunshine Week, introduces the new community and in the Classroom campaign. Stay tuned for more new initiatives this week!