The Open Data Agenda


Start: 2013-09-10, End: 2014-09-10, Publication: 2013-10-02


We are seeking to create a policy agenda for the Data Transparency Coalition that will open up the federal government's whole data portfolio. That project received a huge boost from Data Transparency 2013. In seven breakout sessions, conference attendees representing over 30 federal agencies, 70 tech and consulting firms, and 40 nonprofits collaborated to develop policy recommendations in seven key federal domains: spending, management, financial regulation, general regulation, tax policy, legislation and the Code, and the judiciary. With so many brilliant minds and different perspectives in one place, we sought a crowd-sourced vision for the road ahead for open data. We invited those following the conference hashtag #opendata2013 to add their ideas as well. All of these recommendations will inform the Data Transparency Coalition's formal policy agenda -- to be released this fall.

Moving Forward -- Our Data Transparency 2013 breakout sessions were our second, and most ambitious, effort at collaborative agenda-setting for open data. (The first happened at the Sunlight Foundation's Transparency Camp last spring.) Our next step will be to prepare and publish an Open Data Agenda, informed by our breakouts' recommendations, that covers all these areas. Then, patiently, we'll work with Congress and the executive branch to see every one of them become reality. It'll take time. But we believe an Open Data Agenda can transform our government... [Editor's note: The narrative in this plan has been copied from the blog at]


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Data Transparency Coalition



  • Theresa PardoRapporteur -- Dr. Theresa Pardo, director of SUNY-Albany's Center for Technology in Government, ably emceed the breakouts. Then, in less than an hour, she summarized everyone's recommendations for a brief presentation at the end of the conference.