Overview of Open Government Budget Crisis

It’s hard to say what will become of Data.gov and USAspending.com. Researcher and Scholar Vivek Wadhwa claims the sites have plenty of support from government officials, but do they have enough support from lawmakers to stay afloat? Reports claim that budget for Data.gov and USAspending.com will plummet from $35 million to $2 million.

If there’s one thing we like to do at Infochimps, it’s collecting interesting nuggets of information for you to use. So here are some useful posts on the matter. Please share them with your friends so we can ensure support for open government:

1.) Alex Howard brought a lot of insights at the GovFresh blog on April 1st. Alex is a great one to follow on this matter, as he covers Government 2.0 for O’Reilly Radar. This post highlights the value and cost of data.gov as well as why it is key to fix the government transparency movement versus eliminate it all together.

You can follow Alex on Twitter at @digiphile.

2.) Data.gov sounds like a great idea, but it can actually help stimulate the economy as well. Wired’s Clive Thompson cites examples of applications that use government data to help solve problems. In this respect, the private sector is stepping up to issues the government is too strapped to solve. We find this to be a very compelling case for why open government should be supportive as it helps appease both fiscal conservatives and progressives eager to solve social woes.

You can follow Clive on Twitter at @pomeranian99.

3.) Flowing Data’s Nathan Yau wrote a guest post for The Guardian that discusses the possibility of a Data.gov shutdown. Nathan points out that while Data.gov does make finding data more convenient, government agencies will continue to make records transparent even if it did go away. Would this data end up on Infochimps or Socrata? Hmm…

You can follow Nathan on Twitter at @flowingdata.

4.) Kate Ray and Cody Brown’s Nerd Collider asks a bunch of data nerds, “What would you change about Data.gov to get more people to care?” Data.gov advisor James Hendlen raised the point that traffic doesn’t necessarily correlate with worth, and that just because a site needs work, it doesn’t mean it should go away.

You can follow Cody on Twitter at @codybrown and Kate at @kraykray.

5.) Part of an open government is participation. The Sunlight Foundation put together an open letter to Congress to save these sites from a budget cut. You can find more info on this as well as the link to sign yourself at the Sunlight Foundation blog.

The Sunlight Foundation is on Twitter at @SunFoundation.

You can also follow Data.gov on Twitter at @USDataGov.

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