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GSA Launches Data Federation as Part of Open Government Efforts

September 29, 2016

Today GSA launched the U.S. Data Federation, a new effort that will support government-wide data standardization and data federation initiatives across both Federal agencies and local governments. The U.S. Data Federation builds on the success of and will promote a more open and interconnected digital government by profiling and supporting case studies that demonstrate unified and coherent data architectures across varying agencies. Initiatives in the U.S. Data Federation will also allow the public to more easily compare data analysis across government bodies and create applications that work across multiple government agencies.

“Promoting open data not only improves transparency and innovation throughout the government, it makes us more efficient and breaks down the silos, allowing us to deliver better products and services to the American people,” said U.S. General Services Administrator Denise Turner Roth. “The U.S. Data Federation is one of many initiatives the Obama Administration has launched to support government-wide data standardization, and GSA is proud to be at the forefront of this critical effort to promote open data across all levels of government.”

The U.S. Data Federation is an important part of GSA’s Open Government Plan and will highlight emerging data standards and API initiatives across all levels of government, convey the level of maturity for each effort, and facilitate greater participation by government agencies. As part of the U.S. Data Federation, GSA will also pilot the development of reusable components needed for a successful data federation strategy including schema documentation tools, schema validation tools, and automated data aggregation and normalization capabilities.

GSA launched in 2009 with 47 datasets and has since worked with agencies and the White House to expand the catalog to nearly 200,000 datasets across more than 70 agencies. has federal data that touches every aspect of Americans’ lives. From educational data on public schools across the country, cost and quality data on hospitals, transportation safety data and the impact of climate change. For more information on how to get your data on, please check out our how-to guide.
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