On the third anniversary of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), President Obama announced four open government initiatives that will advance the partnership's goal of increasing transparency and citizen-government engagement, driving innovation and promoting accountability:
- Promote open education
- Use IT to deliver government services more effectively
- Increase transparency in spending
- Use big data to support openness and accountability
The White House has some specific API plans as a means to increase transparency in spending. In 2015, the government will launch a refreshed USAspending.gov website, which will include a better design and user interface, interactive maps and an improved API for data search and analysis. The U.S. government has launched a number of open APIs in the last few years, and it continues to learn that the stakeholders interested in government data are vast and diverse. The number of applications that use government data increase on a daily basis. Government spending is of interest to all taxpayers (individuals and businesses alike), so expect the USAspending.gov API to garner much attention.
The OGP has gained global momentum since its launch three years ago. The OGP included eight founding countries and has since grown to 65 countries, with more than 2,000 national commitments to improve government through OGP-related mechanisms.
Obama's four new initiatives include greater investment in cutting-edge technology. For transparency in spending, the White House promised a specific API in 2015. The other three initiatives (i.e., open education, big data, IT-driven government services) will inevitably lead to an expanded government API strategy. Stay tuned and participate.