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Should I approach an agency unofficially before FOIAing them?

Are there drawbacks to FOIAing (Freedom of Information Act, either federally or equivalent state/local laws) an agency? For example, can it lead to an adversarial relationship?
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Is there a list of all US Government agencies and sub agencies and is it available via API?

Specifically I'm looking for: Agency canonical names Agency abbreviature/acronym Hierarchy of agencies e.g. Census Bureau is part of Department of Commerce Agency logos Website/social media accounts ...
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Open API for SEC data?

Is there any free API for programmatically grabbing SEC filing data, such as company financials or insider trading? It seems ironic that the EDGAR search gives you information in a nice tabular form, ...
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Is there a complete list of all US tax-exempt nonprofits in machine-readable format?

I've seen they can be purchased from Guidestar, but wondered if there was an freely available open data source.
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Is there an official/complete list of all US government agency “developers' pages”?

The FCC's developers page happens to have a sidebar linking to many other US government agencies' developers pages, APIs, etc. It's a handy list, but I assume the FCC hosts it only out of the goodness ...
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Source of ABA Numbers for US banks

I'm looking an open data source of American Banking Association Route Numbers for US banks. The ABA number is the routing number that is found on a US bank check.
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Mapping counties to zip codes

Is there any freely available data that relates USA zip codes and USA counties (FIPS County codes)? Since counties can contain multiple zip codes, one can have multiple entries, in such a table: ...
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Is there an open database of elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States?

Is there an up-to-date and regularly maintained open database of elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States? I'm looking for both public and private schools. Names alone would be a ...
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What new open data do you need from the U.S. government?

Data.gov provides ~400,000 datasets from 180 federal agencies. However, I know you are interested in more data and more specific data than what is already included. What additional topics, formats, or ...
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U.S. City and County Web Data (API)

Are there any websites that have basic City and County information for the U.S.?
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Is there a list, database or API that contains the URLs for United States city and town websites?

I'm looking for a database of URLs for every official city and town website. Ideally this list would be up to date and maintained. Freebase has some of the results and we have every city and town in ...
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List of data sources at the state, county and zip / zcta level

I am trying to compile a list data sources - excluding the US Census - that cover the continental US at the state, county and ZIP/ZCTA level. Any help would be appreciated. Additional details: I ...
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Is there a list of all municipal government forms in a machine readable format?

I've found a list of government forms at the US federal level by looking at the OIRA PRA Information Collections XML file. Is there a list of similar forms at the state/local level for the US?
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What is the best way to request machine readable data from a FOIA request?

Maybe there is no way to request a specific file type but what is the best way to request a file (paper or digital) that can be converted easiestly?
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How can I get a list of all non-geodata datasets on Data.gov?

Data.gov has a lot of datasets, and a super-majority of them are mapping. Is there a way to generate a list of all datasets other than geodata?
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Where can I get bulk access to IRS 990 filings for US non-profits

There's another question about a list of all nonprofits, and this answer is kind of buried in the answers to that one. Also, this question came up today on the NICAR-L mailing list. It's a common ...
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USA 2016 election demographic data

I am looking for demographic data (age, income, race, location) for individuals who voted in the 2016 US presidential election. The resolution that I am looking for can be at the state, county, or ...
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Is the data used to calculate national CPI public?

What data is used to calculate the CPI (Consumer Price Index) and if it is open, where can I find it?
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Raw data from US Census and BLS

Is the raw data of US Census or BLS available? By raw I mean the datapoints that later comprise the summary tables. For instance, the average employment by firm size. Apart from means that you can ...
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What is the difference between US Census definitions of “Urbanized Areas” and “Urban Clusters”?

I am trying to classify US Census tracts as urban, suburban, or rural. The Census Bureau provides a table with counts of people, and classifies them as either urban: urbanized area, urban: urban ...
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How and where can I get data on US census block data by city and state?

I am overwhelmed looking through dead ends on the US census website. Could someone that has solved this puzzle tell me where I can get the demographic and shapefile data? Race and income are my ...
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Is there a tool to match zip codes to cities?

I have a data set with zipcodes and would like to do a bulk upload to a tool that will give me the cities each zip is in (US only.)
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Is there a better public version of USA's Social Security Death Master File?

USA data on death can be obtained via Social Security as SSDI (death index) and SSDMF (death master file). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_Death_Index One site http://ssdmf.info offers ...
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GitHub license for code written by US Government Employee

When I open a new project on Github, I see a selection of licenses in a drop-down list, which currently looks like this: None Apache v2 License MIT license Affero GPL Artistic License 2.0 BSD (3-...
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Automobile accident data in the US

A friend's question: Are there data about automobile accidents over the course of a year with daily increments and preferably with a large variety of filters like city, highway, etc?
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USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM) data

I want to obtain the entire dataset for all zip codes in the US along with their corresponding USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM) data. There are many sites that seem to offer a zipcode lookup tool ...
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How to construct a database with the underlying real estate data displayed by Redfin, Zillow, or Trulia?

Regardless of whether the home is for sale, if you type any street address into Zillow, Redfin, or Trulia, they will often tell you the square footage, the last-sold-date, the taxable value, and often ...
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Cost of living dataset

I'm trying to compare what the equivalent salary would be between two cities based upon the cost of living in each city. I want to be able to build something like CNN's cost of living calculator. ...
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What is the best source for finding what businesses have opened/exist/closed in a given geographical area?

Is there a a standard source for finding out what businesses (with brick and mortar locations) exist in a geographical area (particularly in the U.S.)? This doesn't necessarily have to be a ...
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Where can I get private companies' financials?

Countries have mandatory disclosure of some financial indicators for certain industries. Some companies may disclose information about their financial performance at will. While public corporations ...
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Data Licenses for US Government Data not in data.gov

I want to know when commercial use of US government data is permitted and for what uses. Below, there are 5 questions that I have for 4 different primary data sources. So far, I have seen the data ...
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Where can I find U.S. train traffic data?

I'm trying to get a general idea of railroad traffic along particular segments of track—whether it's abandoned, whether it gets one train a month, or 100 trains a day. Is there a source of such data? ...
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Government shutdown causing linked open data to go away

With the government shutdown now upon us, and many groups going to be performing an 'orderly shutdown' of their systems in a few hours... How can systems that rely on linked open data make sure that ...
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City mayor/council racial demographics

I can't seem to find any data regarding racial demographics at the US place (city) level for mayors and council members per year. Is there any resources available with such information? I would like ...
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Does any City have POIA (Public Online Information act) laws in place?

A few years ago, Sunlight Foundation advocated for the Public Online Information Act (POIA). Do you know of any city that has adopted such a law or statue? In the age of the Internet, government is ...
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Is there a list of all utilities that offer the Green Button Download and Green Button Connect?

I see the Green Button data standard on greenbuttondata.org. But I am trying to figure out which geographic regions have the standard ALREADY deployed.
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What would be particularly useful basic APIs for the US Federal Government to offer?

There are already certain basic APIs for census tracts, school districts, energy costs, a range of geo data, zip codes, etc. What I'm wondering is what would be other fundamental web services that ...
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How to make a successful FOIA request?

There are several questions regarding making a US "Freedom of Information Act" reqest (FOIA) for data: What is the best way to request machine readable data from a FOIA request? - (this question and ...
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After FOIA is fulfilled where can it be found?

I recently saw a story where a City Weekly filed a FOIA request and received a trove of emails in response. Is the receiver required to publish a link to the source? Is there a way to get access to ...
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Looking for US County elevation data

I'd like to explore the connection between altitude and suicide rates discussed in the 2011 paper, Positive Association between Altitude and Suicide in 2584 U.S. Counties. I can get some data for the ...
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Map of Orange County (CA) buildings

I'm plotting a map of the Los Angeles metro area, and I'm using TileMill. I've loaded different layers for the geographical data, and wanted to add buildings as well. So I found this map for the LA ...
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A table mapping from US county or ZIP to Nielsen Designated Market Area (DMA)

Nielsen has come up with this notion: A DMA region is a group of counties that form an exclusive geographic area[...] DMAs partition all US counties, and I want to know which counties belong to ...
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How can I convert from Census 2010 tracts to Census 2000 tracts?

I have a dataset (it's a bunch of count variables) at the Census 2010 census tract level, and I want to merge it to a bunch of other datasets that are at the Census 2000 tract level. Because it would ...
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Statistics of the yearly amount of beds in private prisons in the US

I'm seeking a list of how many prisoners got incarnated in each year in the US by private prisons compared to state-run facilities. Is such a list publically available?
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Flood Plain API

I want to be able to send an address anywhere in the USA and get back flood risk data. FEMA houses flood plain maps. If you give them an address, you just get a map, and you have to look at it to ...
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Is there a site where USA road traffic historical data would be available?

Is there a site where USA road traffic historical data would be available? For example, whether the usual traffic jam on Bay Bridge in Maryland on Memorial day weekend was worse in 2012 vs. 2011?
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Police precinct jurisdiction data for joining UCR with census

The FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) contains crime data by individual police agency: http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/. These agencies have jurisdiction over a town or city, but for any particular city, ...
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Voter Registration data in one place?

So I recently tried to get some voter registration data, especially historical information. The only state I could easily find the information available is Ohio(but only the most recent). It appears ...
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Is there a centralized schedule of data release dates for U.S. federal agencies?

Is there some centralized or streamlined source of data release schedules for major U.S. government agencies? Something that combines sources such as the BLS Schedule of Data Release, ACS Data Release ...
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What is the appropriate way to timestamp/determine recency of given data set?

Certain U.S. federal grant applications require the use of "recent" data, e.g. data used to support the application should come from recent (i.e. within the past 5 years) published source Is ...