Open Data Policy-Scholarly Communications - Carnegie Mellon University

Open Data Policy

Following up on the Directive issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to increase access to and re-use of publications and data arising from federally funded research, in May 2013 the White House issued an Executive Order requiring designated federal officials* to:

  • Issue an Open Data Policy that federal agencies must implement, and
  • Provide an online repository of tools and best practices.   

The Open Data Policy – Managing Information as an Asset [pdf] was issued in May 2013.  Details of the policy are summarized in the Open Data Requirements.  The online repository of tools and best practices is available at Project Open Data

* The Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

project open data

"Data is a valuable national resource and a strategic asset to the U.S. Government, its partners, and the public.  Managing this data as an asset and making it available, discoverable, and usable – in a word, open – not only strengthens our democracy and promotes efficiency and effectiveness in government, but also has the potential to create economic opportunity and improve citizens’ quality of life."