NAP Consultation: Data Commitments in the Preview Plan

OpenTheGovernment.org posts summaries of meetings on the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan between civil society members and the administration. Summaries from the first National Action Plan can be found at OpenGovPartners.org/US

Participants:

Nick Sinai, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Haley van Dyck, Office of Management and Budget
Cori Zarek, National Archives and Records Administration
Sarah Fenn, White House Counsel's Office
Sean Moulton, Center for Effective Government
Gavin Baker, Center for Effective Government
Ginger McCall, Sunlight Foundation
Matt Rumsey, Sunlight Foundation
Daniel Schuman, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington — CREW
Sheila Krumholz, Center for Responsive Politics
Celia Wexler, Union of Concerned Scientists
Lauren Pfeifer, ONE
Amy Bennett, OpenTheGovernment.org
Leanne Nurse, IAPT2-USA
Jim Snider, iSolon

Participants discussed open data commitments included in the preview of the US' new National Action Plan. The Administration noted that while the commitments are not different from previously announced initiatives, they thought it was important to include them in the plan to bring international attention to them and to have it be something that civil society included in its assessments of the Administration's implementation.

Some participants expressed a desire to see the Administration set goals for how many data sets agencies publish each year. The Administration is hesitant to require a particular number of data sets be published because it creates incentives for agencies to focus on what are the easiest things to publish and turn it into a bean counting exercise. The quarterly reporting required under the new Digital Government Strategy should allow outsiders to monitor how many data sets are being moved into the public domain and how an agency is prioritizing its efforts.

Participants also discussed a desire to see the Administration push its commitment beyond what is already underway by, at least, including language that says the Administration encourages agencies to publish its entire enterprise data inventory — not just the list of data that is public or could be made public.

Other topics discussed include: metadata that will be available on data.gov; the need for a machine-readable US government organizational chart; making it easy for agencies to use the best technologies; the need for a complete listing of what data/ information agencies are required to make available under the law; and the possibility of requiring agencies to make more ethics information available.

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