Open Government Plan - Transparency (What Commerce Has Done)

III. Transparency (con.)

What Commerce Has Done

Even before the issuance of the Open Government Directive, Commerce had published over 104,000 data sets and/or data tools on Data.gov and, in the last 120 days, it has released over 60,000 more.  While the vast majority of the data sets involve Census geodata that will allow the public to map other bits of information, Commerce’s 166,512 data sets also include 40 tools that should make other sets easier to use and 18 different sets of raw, machine readable collections of information. 

The following table provides additional detail about the data the Department is making available on Data.gov, the operating units that have provided or have responsibility for them, and how often they were downloaded during the week beginning March 28, 2010.

Commerce Data Sets Released to the Public

Agency / Operating Unit

Raw Datasets
(high-value)
 

Tools
(high-value)

Geodata

Total

Number of Times Downloaded
(3/28/10 – 4/3/10)

Commerce

18 (4)

40 (2)

166,454

166,512

607

  BEA

0

2

0

2

28

  BIS

2

0

0

2

15

  ITA

0

2

0

2

23

  NIST

0

3

0

3

37

  NOAA

11 (1)

3

1,936

1,950

232

  NTIS

1 (1)

0

0

1

25

  NTIA

1 (1)

0

0

1

17

  Census

2

2

164,518

164,522

94

  USPTO

1 (1)

28 (2)

0

29

136

In many cases, the data Commerce has made available on Data.gov over the last year was already available elsewhere online, but in a larger number of cases data was not available in the raw format that developers and other members of the public find most useful.