The federal government's Data.gov is getting a makeover -- one that should not only help agencies comply with a White House executive order to make government data machine-readable by default, but also make it easier to view and reuse government data.
The site's beta version -- at Next.Data.gov -- is available for user testing, and features more visualization of government data, an expanded section for communities of interest, and a stream of examples of government data usage by third parties, ComputerWorld reported.
And its development team will rely heavily on open-source software: The redesigned site will use the Apache Solr search server software to improve the site's search capabilities, and agencies that post their metadata in the Common Core Metadata Schema will have their data sets indexed by Data.gov, according to the news outlet.
For the data catalogue, it will use the CKAN (Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network) data management platform, and the WordPress content management system will be used for content and the community sections.
Even still, John Wonderlich, policy director for the Sunlight Foundation, says the overall use of open source is a "reassuring sign" that Data.gov is moving further in line with the White House's preference to maximize the use of open-source software.