What are you doing with data.gov?
Well, when we started the site in May of 2009, we had 47 data sets available to the public. Today we have 274,000 data sets available. We’re promoting transparency across all facets of government, and making data available is the first step. We’re adding hundreds of interesting data points from agencies and on every aspect of government — from health care to education to product safety and defense.
And what are people doing with these data sets?
We’ve seen some amazing apps from these data sets. One person, for example, created an iPhone app, CPSC Recalls, which stands for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. This app compiles all the product recalls in the United States, and then a citizen can use the camera on their mobile phone to scan a product in a store and see if it’s had any recalls or alerts.