Federal CIO's aim is Government Data as Accessible as iTunes Music

April 5, 2012

Citizens should be able to download free government data online as easily as they download songs on iTunes, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Tuesday.

The first step in offering such services online and via mobile devices is to open data on health care, energy and other subjects to the public. That means "to digitize everything that we do as the new default," VanRoekel told government and industry workers at the Federal Office Systems Expo in Washington.

The administration plans to revamp the website data.gov this year and change how it builds, consumes and delivers data across the board, he said. This is an opportunity to break down silos of application development across government. VanRoekel said agencies have provided access to data on government websites, mobile applications and other formats, but those solutions aren't interoperable. 

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