Kresge Library News: Access to Governmental Datasets at

January 22, 2010

Access to Governmental Datasets at

Thanks to the Obama Administration's Open Government Initiative, hundreds of datasets from various governmental agencies are now available for free at The release of these datasets marks a significant step towards open access and government transparency. Among the represented agencies are the departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Justice, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, and Health and Human Services.

The site currently offers three data catalogs. The Raw Data Catalog contains downloadable datasets in XML, CSV, and other machine readable formats. The Tool Catalog links out to agency-specific tools or websites for datamining. The Geodata Catalog includes geospacial datasets with additional Federal Geographic Data Committee metadata. Each of these catalogs has a keyword search function; reports can also be filtered by agency or subject area.

Michigan-specific datasets are also available on the official state website.


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