The team at Nextgov reports, “The team that manages Data.gov is well on its way to making the government data repository open source using a new back-end called the Open Government Platform, officials said during a Web discussion Wednesday. The governments of India and Ghana have already launched beta versions of their data catalogues on the open source platform, said Jeanne Holm who heads the Data.gov team. Government developers from the U.S. and India built the OGPL jointly. They posted it to the code sharing site GitHub where other nations and developers can adopt it as is or amend it to meet their specific needs.”

The article continues, “The Obama administration launched Data.gov in 2009 as part of a slate of open government commitments. The idea was to spur private developers to make use of data the government was already collecting but not uniformly releasing to build new information-rich websites and applications, either as a public service or to turn a profit. Large industries, for example, have been built using government-collected weather and Global Positioning System data.”

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