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Joe Calandrino: Government Datasets That Facilitate Innovation

Thursday, March 4, 2010
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd floor open space
Princeton, NJ 08544 United States + Google Map

Food at 12:30 pm. Discussion begins at 12:45 pm. Everyone invited.

When releasing datasets, government agencies make numerous seemingly innocuous choices that dramatically affect the data’s usability for developers. We’ll draw on our experience building applications that use government data to offer some thoughts about best practices government could follow in releasing data. By taking a few straightforward steps in preparing its datasets, agencies can better support the development of innovative new technologies that engage citizens and illuminate government’s inner workings. Among other things, we’ll explore basic data format lessons, data labeling, and correction/modification of datasets.