The General Services Administration has released a dataset of metrics tallying the views datasets on data.gov received since January 2014. The dataset, which spans nearly 200,000 rows, shows the monthly views of government datasets broken down by agency and subject. The data provides insight into what kinds of government data is valuable to the public, with some data sets receiving thousands of views per month and others receiving just one or two. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Mosaic of Weather Radar and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Complaint Database were consistently the most commonly viewed datasets, each typically receiving over 1000 views per month.
Metrics Reveal Most Popular Government Datasets
Joshua New was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life.
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