Publisher/Organizer: US Government
Publication date: 2009
The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the US Federal Government.
Three Types of Data Catalogs: Data.gov includes access to data in three ways: "raw" data catalog, tool catalog, and the geodata catalog. Each of these catalogs can be accessed via the tabs on the catalog page
- "Raw" Data Catalog: Data.gov features a catalog with instant view/download of platform-independent, machine readable datasets in a variety of formats.
- Tool Catalog: Data.gov features a tool catalog to provide the public with simple, application-driven access to Federal data with hyperlinks. This catalog features widgets and data-mining and extraction tools, applications, and other services.
- Geodata Catalog: Data.gov features a geodata catalog that includes trusted, authoritative, Federal geospatial data. This catalog includes links to download the datasets and a metadata page with details on the datasets, as well as links to more detailed Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata information.
Data.gov includes searchable catalogs that provide access to "raw" datasets and various tools. In the "raw" data catalog, you may access data in XML, Text/CSV, KML/KMZ, Feeds, XLS, or ESRI Shapefile formats. The catalog of tools links you to sites that include data mining and extraction tools and widgets. Datasets and tools available on Data.gov are searchable by category, agency, keyword, and/or data format.