Obama administration expands open data access

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order requiring that government data be made available in open, machine-readable formats, expanding open-access requirements from earlier in his administration.

A new open data policy, released along with the executive order Thursday, calls information a “valuable national asset” with value that multiples when it is easily accessible to the public.

The goal of the new order is to make “troves” of previously inaccessible or unmanageable data more easily available to entrepreneurs, researchers and other members of the public, the White House said in a press release.

“One of the things we’re doing to fuel more private sector innovation and discovery is to make vast amounts of America’s data open and easy to access for the first time in history,” Obama said in a statement. “And talented entrepreneurs are doing some pretty amazing things with it.”

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