Meet the Data Transparency Coalition.
The Washington Post‘s Capitol Business blog reports this morning:
A small but growing collection of companies has formed a coalition that will push the federal government to establish a standard system by which agencies categorize their data. …
“Our members understand that if the government identified its data elements in consistent ways, there would be vast new opportunities for the tools that they are building,” Executive Director Hudson Hollister said.
Early supporters include Microsoft and data analysis and management firms Level One Technologies, Teradata, and BrightScope. I’m on their Board of Advisors. One of their early priorities will be to pass H.R. 2146, the DATA Act.
(Here’s a nit I can’t help but pick: The Post says the coalition “aims to standardize ‘big data.'” No. It’s just data.)