January 28, 2022

A Few Resources, Techniques to Discover New Open Data Sets From the U.S. Federal Government

The following techniques and resources utilizing the Data.gov catalog can be useful in the discovery and tracking of new open datasets and resources released U.S Federal Government.

The techniques/resources listed below are only a few ideas to get at this type of material. In other words, in no way, shape, or form is this a comprehensive list.

1. To see EVERYTHING added to Data.gov as it enters the database click the search button but do not include any keywords (aka “null set” search). Then, sort results by date added.

Clicking this link will run this type of search for you.

You can also continue and limit using one or more of the facets listed on the left side of the page.

So, here’s a null set search, sorted by “date added” and limited to only PDFs.

2. Datasets Released by Participating Agencies by Month

Clicking these links will run a live search of Data.gov data catalog database limited to ONLY the datasets provided by the specific agency and for a specific month. The page is updated daily. Search results can also be sorted by date added. The default sort is relevance.

3. Federal Agency/Sub-Agency/Publisher Participation Chart
Includes total number of datasets and date of last addition. Agency/sub-agency names are hyperlinked/searchable. The page is updated daily.

4. Project Open Government Dashboard (Total Number of Datasets Per Quarterly Milestone)
More about the dashboard.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.