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[liberationtech] Data.gov & 7 Other Sites to Shut Down After Budgets Cut

Terry Winograd winograd at cs.stanford.edu
Mon Apr 4 15:06:23 PDT 2011


http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/datagov_7_other_sites_to_shut_down_after_budgets_c.php


By *Marshall Kirkpatrick*<http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/author/marshall-kirkpatrick.php>/
March 31, 2011 2:45 PM /


Two years ago the incoming Obama administration launched a number of
ambitious websites<http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/datagov_finally_launches_looks_nice_but_short_on_d.php>,
most notably Data.gov <http://data.gov/>, that were dedicated to offering
public and government data to the outside world. The stated intention was to
foster transparency and offer a platform for the development of new software
and services. It appears those experiments may be over for now.

Today the Sunlight
Foundation<http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2011/03/31/budget-technopocalypse-deepens-transparency-sites-will-go-dark-in-a-few-months/>and
Federal
News Radio <http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=35&sid=2327798> reported
that the public projects Data.gov, USASpending.gov, Apps.gov/now, IT
Dashboard and paymentaccuracy.gov as well as a number of internal government
sites including Performance.gov, FedSpace and many of the efforts related
the FEDRamp cloud computing cybersecurity effort would be taken offline in
coming weeks due to budget cuts by Congress. Perhaps things like electronic
government, software platforms and public accountability were just fads,
anyway.

*Update:*. We're hearing from several places that there's a potentially
viable effort to save these sites and organizations.
Here<http://bit.ly/i16ldO>is one perspective on that and you can also
see the Sunlight Foundation's Save
the Data <http://sunlightfoundation.com/savethedata/> petition. See also Alex
Howard's in-depth reporting on this
news<http://gov20.govfresh.com/congress-weighs-deep-cuts-to-funding-for-federal-open-government-data-platforms/>published
on Friday.
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