Publication Practices for Transparent Government

Government transparency is a widely agreed upon goal, but progress on achieving it has been very limited. One reason for this is the absence of specifically prescribed data practices that will foster transparency. Four key data practices that support government transparency are: authoritative sourcing, availability, machine-discoverability, and machine-readability. These practices insure original data is promptly available and easily accessible so computers can put it to the hundreds of uses the public would make of it in government oversight.

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