Sunlight Foundation Announces the National Data Catalog

My name is Nicko and I'm with the Sunlight Foundation. I wanted to give you personal notice about a project you'll be interested in. It's called the National Data Catalog and it pulls together government data across all branches (executive, agencies, etc) and levels (federal, state, and local). This will be a very useful resource for librarians and educators because it is the most comprehensive and easily navigable index of government data.

http://nationaldatacatalog.com/

We're announcing the release of the National Data Catalog to coincide with the 1st anniversary of Data.gov on Thursday, May 20. We wanted to see if you'd like to write about it . Are you interested?

“Up until now, there hasn’t been a definitive source that you could go to in order to find all of the data that government regularly places on the Internet,” said Clay Johnson, director of the Sunlight Labs. “The National Data Catalog will serve as a sort of Dewey decimal system for government data online. Want to know if the government releases data on how much electricity is generated in the United States per year? You can find the data set here.”

The government has some great resources for poking around all the reams of information it publishes, but it's often isolated to the agency that runs it. Currently, the National Data Catalog compiles data from the federal government’s Data.gov portal, the State of Utah, the D.C. government, the City of San Francisco as well as the Sunlight Foundation and its partners. Sunlight will continue to be update and improve it over time. The Catalog lets users create personal accounts to favorite preferred data sets and suggest new additions to it. The Catalog lets users create personal accounts to favorite preferred data sets and suggest new additions to it.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers,
Nicko

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