The New America Foundation and the Washington DC Chapter of the ACM (DC ACM) hosted a panel discussion around President Obama’s Open Government Directive. They addressed what progress the directive has made, assessed the current state and impact it has had, and what new challenges are on the horizon. The result of this directive has been the release of large amounts of data to the public. This has required considerable work and has raised several questions related to its value.
The panelists examined how companies and organizations are using this new government data.They discussed challenges in aggregating various data sources the government and public use, and identified policies and barriers related to using third-party tools to enhance the usefulness of government data.
The panelists also examined how open data processes will require a cultural change within government and the likelihood that wikileaks has made this change more difficult.