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Data.gov Reaches for the Sky with Additional Cloud Services

GSA contract awards for cloud-based data hosting support will enhance public’s ability to find, extract, and use valuable data from the federal government.

GSA # 10690

October 26, 2010
Contact: Sara Merriam, (202) 525-8165
sara.merriam@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – Data.gov, the federal government’s centralized resource that provides easy public access to valuable datasets generated by federal agencies, will take on a whole new life now that the U.S. General Services Administration has contracted for a cloud computing-based dataset hosting and distribution environment. New capabilities will allow improved citizen access to and manipulation of data, while providing better services to agencies to meet their open government objectives.

“Data.gov was one of the first government websites to move to the cloud. Now, we are taking it to the next level,” said Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, Deputy Associate Administrator for GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. “Moving datasets to the cloud changes the landscape of how agencies share – and the public uses – their data. By putting the tools in place to help the public put government data to work, we are using innovative technologies to build a more open, transparent, and collaborative government.”

Currently, data.gov provides links to data hosted on agency servers. Now, agencies will post data directly to the cloud. This will free up valuable agency server space and ensure that a higher volume of users can access the data. Agencies that have not had the infrastructure necessary to provide data on data.gov will be able to share their data for the first time in a secure, reliable environment.  

By putting all the data in the same place, users will be able to reach across agency data and pull out what they are specifically looking for without having to download the entire dataset. In addition, data will be available via feeds so that application developers and others can receive requested data directly from Data.gov. The site will also feature social networking tools to allow discussion about datasets, data virtualization and analytics tools, mashup support, multiple-format data conversion, improved search capabilities, and web publishing.

GSA awarded contracts to Alamo City Engineering Services, Inc.; CGI Federal, Inc.; Eyak Technology, LLC: Qbase, LLC: and Smarttronix, Inc. The services acquired through this contract are not limited to Data.gov, but are for GSA and all authorized agencies.

Data.gov is an Open Government Initiative from the Executive Office of the President and supports the open government principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration.  The free public data on Data.gov is brimming with opportunity. In its first year of operation, thousands of datasets have been discovered across government. Today, that data is being put to work. People already have begun tapping its potential through creative apps and mashups that are making life better, including keeping children safe, letting travelers find the fastest routes, and informing home buyers about neighborhood safety. Public participation and collaboration are critical to Data.gov’s success. 

Learn more at www.data.gov.

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