Data Transparency 2013 Exhibitor Spotlight: GovTribe


As we gear up for Data Transparency 2013, we’re going to be featuring a series of blog posts highlighting new open data solutions and ideas from exhibitors and nonprofit supporters. As the federal government moves to publish and standardize more information, it’ll multiply business opportunities for tech entrepreneurs and innovators. In other words, open data equals jobs!

The first post in this series comes from GovTribe, a startup firm that “makes products that turn the ocean of open government data into useful and understandable information.” GovTribe’s flagship app, hōrd, focuses on federal contracting data – much more of which will be made available and machine-readable when Congress passes the DATA Act.

As you may have guessed, GovTribe loves us some open government data. We use a whole heap of it, combined with proprietary code to drive our iPhone app hōrd. Without open government data, who knows what we would be doing. As avid open data miners, we are stoked to be exhibiting on September 10 at the Data Transparency Conference.

Whilst mining the open government data it became very apparent to us that the government has made great strides toward making data available. However, there is room for improvement as to how that data is actually presented. We won’t get into the gory details but trust us that while posting a PDF on a website is technically “open”, it is not technically easy to work with on a large scale.

GovTribe plans to showcase the latest version of its hōrd app at the conference:

Our latest, hōrd 2.0, has way more data than our initial release. We spent the last six months building a completely new approach for consuming, processing, and making sense of government data from multiple sources. The iPhone app now provides insight and capability not available anywhere else. Our efforts have also given us pretty robust visibility into how the government behaves and where it allocates its resources. So we thought we’d share.

They used data from hōrd to produce a handy infographic on US government contracting as we approach the end of fiscal year 2013: