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Transitioning to Open Government Data:        What Are the Trade-Offs?      a federal spending data case study            ...
Federal Spending Data: Make Way for              the New
Consolidated Federal Funds Report
USASpending.gov (FFATA)
USASpending.gov: Shiny
Responsibility Shifts to Consumer“change in emphasis from providing governmentinformation to information consumers toprovi...
Unavoidable Trade-Offs
Unavoidable Trade-OffsImprovement        Trade-OffTimeliness         AccuracyMore Data Fields   Simplicity & UsabilityGran...
Unfortunate Losses
Unfortunate Losses: Data SourcesCFFR had:   Federal disability and retirement benefits   Aggregated salaries   Earned I...
Unfortunate Losses: Continuity
Unfortunate Losses: Data Scrubbing
Unfortunate Losses: Support• USASpending  support = no  phone number• CFFR: phone  number  published on  front page
Can We Mitigate Trade-Offs & Losses?• How can we support data consumers without  tech resources?• What’s a good model for ...
The Trade-Offs of Transitioning to Open Government Data
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The Trade-Offs of Transitioning to Open Government Data

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A case study that examines the transition from traditionally published federal spending data to open government-ish federal spending data.

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The Trade-Offs of Transitioning to Open Government Data

  1. 1. Transitioning to Open Government Data: What Are the Trade-Offs? a federal spending data case study Becky Sweger Director of Data and Technology National Priorities Project
  2. 2. Federal Spending Data: Make Way for the New
  3. 3. Consolidated Federal Funds Report
  4. 4. USASpending.gov (FFATA)
  5. 5. USASpending.gov: Shiny
  6. 6. Responsibility Shifts to Consumer“change in emphasis from providing governmentinformation to information consumers toproviding information to mediators…Whileinformation consumers typically require someanalysis and simplification, informationmediators can achieve more innovativesolutions with the most raw form of governmentdata.”2nd Principle of Open Government Data from Open Government Data by Josh Tauberer
  7. 7. Unavoidable Trade-Offs
  8. 8. Unavoidable Trade-OffsImprovement Trade-OffTimeliness AccuracyMore Data Fields Simplicity & UsabilityGranularity Single FormatGranularity Convenient Aggregates
  9. 9. Unfortunate Losses
  10. 10. Unfortunate Losses: Data SourcesCFFR had:  Federal disability and retirement benefits  Aggregated salaries  Earned Income Tax Credit (refundable portion)
  11. 11. Unfortunate Losses: Continuity
  12. 12. Unfortunate Losses: Data Scrubbing
  13. 13. Unfortunate Losses: Support• USASpending support = no phone number• CFFR: phone number published on front page
  14. 14. Can We Mitigate Trade-Offs & Losses?• How can we support data consumers without tech resources?• What’s a good model for promoting dataset literacy and community?• Can open gov types contribute by filling in some of the gaps?

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