Washington, D.C. – The Data Transparency Coalition, the only industry organization advocating for the transformation of the federal government’s information into open data, unveiled a brand new website this morning on the heels of its third anniversary. The new website, designed by CareTecher, showcases the issues critical to the industry and the leaders that make up the Coalition.
“We have come a long way from the first day of the Data Transparency Coalition. The group has grown from our inaugural member, Teradata, to 25 corporate members today. We’ve also seen our first major priority accomplished with the DATA Act becoming law last year. But we’re not done yet,” said Hudson Hollister, Executive Director and Founder of the Data Transparency Coalition. “We are thrilled to mark our third year with the creation of a new website that showcases the issues the Coalition will be tackling in our next phase. We’re seeking to transform government management, markets and economy, and law and regulation into open data – all underpinned by consistent data standards and consistent publication.”
Just last week the Coalition orchestrated its first Congressional “fly-in” for corporate members, capped off by the release of the 2015 Data Transparency Agenda.
“The cause of data transparency has gained momentum and supporters with each passing day. The transformation from documents into data is now embraced by the tech industry, good-government advocates, and individuals who believe that the best way to fully realize the benefits of government information is to publish it as freely-searchable and machine-readable data,” continued Hollister. “The reception we received from Members and staff during last week’s ‘fly-in’ illustrates the increased focus on the issue and the wide-ranging positive ramifications of prioritizing data transparency.”
To inaugurate the new website, the Coalition teamed with the Aspen Institute today for a new blog that highlights a provision in the President’s FY16 budget that presses for mandatory electronic filing of IRS Form 990, the primary tax form for nonprofits. The form, which contains important information on U.S. nonprofits such as finances and governance, would be available in an open, computable format, facilitating large-scale analysis and greater transparency for the nonprofit sector.
The electronic home of the Data Transparency Coalition is: www.datacoalition.org