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10 Data Science Projects You Can Join Today

This post was written as part of a collaboration with, a site for sharing and hosting data. Authors Shannon Peifer and Gabriela Swider are on the team. “Finding the right data can be difficult. And even once you have it, how do you collaborate with others to make sense of it? People work harder and learn more when they’re able to discover data they’re passionate about. Sharing those passions with other data scientists makes problem solving easier. Here are some great projects from people doing just that…”

GPO Issues Digital Release of Federal Register for the 1960s

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1960-1969. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Register from 1960 to the present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. This project is digitizing a total of… Continue Reading

Thousands of US, UK government, academic websites hijacked

The Register: “Thousands of websites around the world – from the UK’s NHS and ICO to the US government’s court system – were today secretly mining crypto-coins on netizens’ web browsers for miscreants unknown. The affected sites all use a fairly popular plugin called Browsealoud, made by Brit biz Texthelp, which reads out webpages for… Continue Reading

United States Census Bureau Data Repository

“The United States Census Bureau Data Repository preserves and disseminates survey instruments, specifications, data dictionaries, codebooks, and other materials provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. ICPSR, the host of this data repository, has also listed additional Census-related data collections from its larger holdings. The repository helps fulfill key recommendations made by the 2017 “Report of… Continue Reading

OPM Report – Understaffing, lack of training at agencies hampering agency services to public

Washington Post – “Shortages of employees — a common feature of troubled government programs — are hampering a range of services to the public and stressing the federal workforce, the government’s central personnel agency said Wednesday. The report comes just ahead of a White House budget proposal that is expected to include plans for carrying out… Continue Reading

Web Integrity Project tracks changes to federal websites

“The Sunlight Foundation launched a new Web Integrity Project to track changes to federal websites. The first focus is on health and healthcare websites, and first findings are to be released next week…” See also – In its first year, the Trump administration has reduced public information online. Continue Reading

Survey – GDPR requests to take thousands of hours a month “UK and European businesses expect to spend hundreds or thousands of hours a month dealing with customer queries about the upcoming European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)…Meanwhile, most organisations aren’t confident they know where all their data is stored and most aren’t aware of the fines, which can run into millions of… Continue Reading

18F Guide – Getting prepared to prototype

Mark Headd: “In product development, we often use prototypes — small, lightweight, temporary applications or artifacts — to understand user needs and reduce risk. Prototypes are a great way to test out ideas or approaches before you actually commit to building anything. Although more people are recognizing the value of prototyping, governments are not always… Continue Reading

Citizen Satisfaction with US Federal Government Advances to 11-Year High

American Customer Satisfaction Survey (ACSI) – Federal Government Report 2017: “Citizen satisfaction with U.S. federal government services improves for a second year, increasing 2.5% to 69.7 on a 0 to 100 scale. This uptick follows a huge gain in 2016, which was the biggest one-year improvement for government in nearly 20 years of ACSI measurement.… Continue Reading

Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index

Via the Federal Register – “The President of the United States manages the operations of the Executive branch of Government through Executive orders. After the President signs an Executive order, the White House sends it to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR). The OFR numbers each order consecutively as part of a series, and… Continue Reading

January 24, 2018 – govinfo is out of beta

Please read the entire news release here: “The primary activities from this last development cycle related to reaching this next phase of the transition from FDsys to govinfo. Other activities included implementation of several security measures for managing web content, completion of a software upgrade of a key interface component of the content management system,… Continue Reading