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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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How to flag incorrect links to data on data.gov?

Just looking around, and noticed that the CSV dataset that should be a list of all elementary schools in the US, is actually a population breakdown of Canadian provinces. http://catalog-next.data....
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Need clarification: if state or city gov releases data in non-open formats (i.e. book, microfiche), *must* they now also release it in CSV format?

Consider the following not-so-hypothetical situation: A state or city government has, for many years now, released a certain data set in various "old school" formats, such as a printed book or ...
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Linking results from the FCC's TV Query API to the FCC's TV Stations Profiles API

The FCC has at least two APIs related to broadcast station data. One is TV Query, which can return pipe-delimited results like this (keys): |K02JU |- |TX |2 |DA | |...
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What open data institutes in the US are working with the Open Government Partnership?

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global alliance of countries that are signatory to an Open Government Declaration. The United States is one of the eight founding signatories - I am curious ...
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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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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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Additional Detail from IPEDS Data Source

I have used NCES IPEDS data in the past, but this recent release seems to have instituted a change. In looking at the NCES college navigator site for a particular institution, I notice that they now ...
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Linking FCC documents from ECFS to the Federal Register

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) publishes documents from rulemakings on its Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). These documents include filings from 3rd parties as well as FCC-...
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What level of government/governing agency determines the terms of use for transportation map/gis data in the U.S.?

In the work I do I often need various pieces of geographically-based information concerning public roadways and public transportation. It seems to me (and please correct me if I'm wrong) that this ...
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Data Source for Speed Limits

I am not even quite sure how this data would be organized. But I am looking for a data source for different speed limits in the US correlated to street name.
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Appealing a "Mosaic Effect" restriction?

The U.S. Government Policy on Open Data Memo directs agencies to take into account the "mosaic effect." Theoretically, it seems like the mosaic effect could justify the restriction of almost any data....
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Is there data on the types of cars bought and turned in during the "cash for clunkers" program?

I'm interested in determining what sort of cars were traded in and what sort of cars were purchased through the cash for clunkers program. Does anyone know where to find that data? I would hope it ...
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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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Open and proprietary data in determining federal funding eligibility

For federal grant applications, specific geographical areas and populations often have to meet minimum qualifications in order to demonstrate a need that allows them to apply for a grant (e.g. median ...
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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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What finance data sets would be particularly useful to release?

The U.S. government publishes a range of finance data sets (see, e.g., www.Treasury.gov/financedata). What additional data sets that the government already collects would be valuable if released in ...
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What is the governance of the US Government's Project Open Data?

The US Government just launched Project Open Data on GitHub, which includes best practices, free tools to accelerate adoption of open data practices, and common core metadata for the federal ...
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What is the plan for the US Government's Data.gov?

The US Government recently announced an intent to upgrade Data.gov. What are the specific technical plans to do so?
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How do United States federal agencies release data?

I'm interested in the process of how an agency, like the EPA, GSA, or Department of State, finds a dataset they wish to release, selects it, and how they go about releasing it to the public. How do ...
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Is there an API or global source for US ballot information?

I'd like to be able to query to discover what's on the ballot - from local measures to Presidential elections. Is there a source that combines all of this data? Or is there a standard that's ...
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Is there a list of Chemical Weapon Industry Facilities/Funders?

This question was recently asked on NICAR and got crickets: Can anybody point me in the right direction for data on state or regional presence (or lack) of chemical weapons industry facilities/...
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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 ...
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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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Given a federal agency, what can I expect to find on the regulations.gov API?

As an example, I'm very interested in working with rulemaking data from the FCC. Because the FCC is an independent agency, I've heard that its publishing requirements are different from non-...

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