Open data refers to information that is freely shared and publicly available. In society, there are constant informational demands and needs for more open data, such as bolstering public accountability and transparency of government.
A key component that would enable better management and external transparency is the government-wide adoption of common identifiers. Currently, the U.S. government relies on multiple incompatible identification codes that increase barriers to access valuable data.
While open data is now the legal default for federal government agencies to publish information, much work remains for the federal government to realize the vision and benefits of open government data.
The Data Coalition advocates for policy reforms that enable government to produce accessible, high-quality, and useful data.