The new design for Data.gov, the website that offers a public portal into government data, should make it easier to access and use government data practically, a White House blog post said Tuesday.
The blog post offered a sneak peek into Data.gov’s new design under the subdomain Next.data.gov. The Data.gov team at the General Services Administration, Office of Science and Technology staff and several Presidential Fellows are revamping the site.
Though the site is not completed, Next.data.gov provides a preview of changes and additions to how the site presents government datasets. The new site, powered by a search engine called Solr, will highlight different examples of how the datasets can be used. Additionally, the data stream will show outside sources that reference the information, such as Tweets or articles.
“Next.Data.gov includes a rich stream that enables each data community to communicate how its datasets are impacting companies and the public,” the blog post said.
The upgrade for Data.gov is geared toward fulfilling President Barack Obama’s Open Data Executive Order, the post said, which aims to make government information more open as well as machine readable.