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Data.gov: Open Government as Open Source

Jeanne Holm (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA)
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The U.S. Government’s open data site, Data.gov, has blazed a trail for openness, transparency, and innovation. With 100,000 data collections from 225 federal agencies, US cities and states, and research organizations, the U.S. open data platform provides a wealth of information for citizens, researchers, and entrepreneurs.

During the recent redesign of Data.gov, the team used high-powered, open source technology to enhance data discovery and the distributed communities that vet and put the data to use. Built openly on Github, the issues, comments, and commits came from the public, driving the redesign in new ways. Using open source (Word Press and CKAN) to power the new design, allowed a combination of new code contributions and reuse of existing plug-ins and Github code repositories for the team to use. Focus groups, usability tests, and social media were used to elicit more suggestions, and these were tracked on Github. The new code continues to evolve openly.

The adoption of open linked data, vocabularies and ontologies, the work of the W3C, and semantic technologies is described. This session will provide a better understanding of the changing global landscape of data sharing and the role open source and open engagement provide. This session highlights specific data sharing examples of solving mission problems from NASA, the White House, and many other government agencies, researchers, and businesses.

Jeanne Holm

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

Jeanne Holm is the Chief Knowledge Architect at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. Ms. Holm leads NASA’s Knowledge Management Team, looking at how to access and use the knowledge gathered over the many missions of the US space agency to support missions and to drive innovation. As a lead for the award-winning NASA public and internal portals, she was at the helm of NASA’s web during the largest Internet event in Government history—the landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers on the surface of Mars. As the lead implementer for technologies supporting project managers at NASA, her team’s solutions are helping to drive how people will manage space missions in the future, learn virtually, and share lessons learned. Her latest activities involve the transformation of NASA into a learning organization through innovative techniques in developing communities of practice and ensuring lessons are shared and embedded across the organization. Ms. Holm chairs The Federal Knowledge Management Group and a United Nations group looking at KM for Space.

Her degrees are from UCLA and Claremont Graduate University. She is an instructor at UCLA where she teaches internationally and her online and ground-based courses focuses on KM strategies and social networking. She has been awarded numerous honors, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for leadership (twice), the NASA Achievement Award for her work on the Galileo and Voyager spacecraft, three Webby’s from The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Competia’s 2003 Champion of the Year, and a best practice from the APQC for “Using Knowledge Management to Drive Innovation”.

Specialties
Designing and implementing knowledge architectures, system design and integration, knowledge management practices and systems, knowledge-based engineering, e-learning, instructional design and delivery, social networking analysis, inter-agency and inter-organizational knowledge sharing

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08/04/2014 2:27pm PDT

May we have the slides from this encouraging presentation? Thanks!