In the shadows of a looming U.S. government shutdown possibility, one of the victims may be Data.gov, among other “open government” websites making government and its workings and information more transparent and useful to the public. Data.gov and related sites are slated for a budget slash. But how much would a stagnant Data.gov really affect the open data movement? The Guardian (UK), in a piece aptly titled “the open data movement is bigger than just one site,” breaks down the budget numbers, the website traffic that the Data.gov actually gets, and alternative possibilities for where the data could still reside and be useful.
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