Sunshine Week 2011 Webcast – The Road Forward on Open Government, Panel 2

The day after his inauguration, President Barack Obama committed his administration "to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government." During this Sunshine Week event transparency experts from inside and outside government discuss how far the administration's efforts have moved us, two years into the effort, to that goal. Panelists assess progress from both a policy and a technical standpoint, and what more we can and should expect the administration to do to meet its goal.

The event was broadcast live from the Center for American Progress.


Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discusses how his agency is making government-help data more available and usable.

Tom Lee, Director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, tackles data quality issues with many government datasets, and talks about how the government can better meet its data collection responsibilities.

Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics, talks about how her organization makes government data available in a more meaningful manner to the public, and the main challenges they face in making the data usable.

Jennifer LaFleur, Director of Computer-Assisted Reporting at ProPublica, discusses what kind of government data reporters want, and the primary problems they have getting and using that data.

Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, responds to fellow panelists criticisms of the form, format, and quality of government data.

Panelists answer questions from the live and remote audience.

Sunshine Week 2011 Webcast is brought to you in celebration of Sunshine Week by the American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, Center for American Progress, League of Women Voters, National Freedom of Information Coalition, OMB Watch,, Project On Government Oversight, Sunshine Week, Special Libraries Association, and the Sunlight Foundation.

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