IBM developerWorks published an article by Uche Ogbuji, “Data.gov for government agencies:”
Because people are more aware of the value of open data, entire new economies have sprung up around its use and management. Sophisticated taxpayers often demand open access to public data from governments, and even less informed users want to know how this type of information enhances data services such as online maps and charts. In 2009, the U.S. Federal Government launched Data.gov, a site to aggregate feeds of government data. Pressure on agencies to publish information at Data.gov has been steady. The Open Government Directive of 2009 requires all Federal agencies to post at least three high-value data sets online and register them on Data.gov. In this article, learn about Data.gov, the basic information your agency needs to know to participate in this revolution in government, and ideas for doing so efficiently.
The article is partly informed by work that Mr. Ogbuji has done at Zepheira for customers either in U.S. government or working closely with government.