This Week in Open Data and Transparency: White House opens doors for open data
President Obama made friends with data evangelists last week as he signed an executive order mandating government agencies to make all information system data available for public use in machine readable format. The executive order was quickly followed by an Open Data Policy requiring all agencies to collect information in a way that makes public dissemination and information processing possible (exclusive of security risks of course).
While largely seen as an important step towards increased transparency, some are already submitting “patches” to the new open data policy. In particular, Joshua Tauberer pointed out that instead of requiring data to be license-free, it requires open licenses. Tauberer noted that this creates the perception that government data is closed by default until an open license is obtained.