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Data.gov-In-a-Box and the struggle for open government

Washington Post - The U.S. government has, as part of it’s stated commitment to open government, released open-source code for portions of Data.gov, the U.S. data repository created as part of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative.

But, for an administration that has struggled to balance its aspirations with its actions regarding greater transparency, is the release the beginning of a deluge, or merely a trickle?

Programmers with the U.S. government have been working with programmers in India since August as a part of the U.S.-India strategic Dialogue to create Data.gov-in-a-Box, “an open source version of the United States’ Data.gov data portal and India’s [India.gov.in] document portal,” according to a message posted on the Data.gov Web site.