The plan also builds on the international Open Data Charter, which laid out principles and a roadmap to releasing open data. Obama and other G7 leaders signed the charter in June 2013.
“These efforts have helped unlock troves of valuable data — that taxpayers have already paid for — and are making these resources more open and accessible to innovators and the public,” Federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel and Chief Technology Officer Todd Park wrote in a blog post.
“One of the three categories of fellows for Round 3 … is data innovation,” said Jennifer Pahlka, deputy chief technology officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, in a March interview with Federal News Radio. “That is building off two years of successful outcomes with Open Data fellows, who work to make data available, and the MyData Initiatives, like the Green Button, Blue Button and Gold Button Initiative.”
Round 3 fellows will work on eight data innovation projects across agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Census Bureau and IRS.
One fellow will enhance work on the Blue Button Initiative, which gives Americans easy access to their personal health data.
The Smithsonian Institution will expand a project from a previous round of the fellows program.
“One of the things they were able to do was have an amazing hackathon using the release of some of the data from one of the really beautiful collections in the Smithsonian. And people came together and built beautiful apps with this data that allow you to see the collection in gorgeous digital format,” Pahlka said.
By December 2014, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery will have digitized collections “publicly available at the highest available resolution for non-commercial, educational use,” the plan stated.