Open Data: HealthData.gov Reaches 3,000 Datasets
HealthData.gov just passed 3,000 datasets [Exactly 3085 as we post this item]! What a fantastic way to begin 2017, and end amazing year for this online data sharing platform.
HealthData.gov is the central catalogue and communications vehicle for the Health Data Initiative (HDI), offering access to HHS and other sources of health and social services data. These are high value structured data holdings whose availability have become both a leadership tool for expanded knowledge and understanding across the Department and fuel for entrepreneurs to deploy amazing innovations. Success of the site is driven by broad-based enthusiasm for and commitment to the HDI in providing a diverse array of data from disease surveillance and mortality data, to health care cost and quality, to substance abuse and mental health, and so much more.
It all began in 2010 when HHS, in collaboration with the Institute of Medicine and other external partners, held a one day meeting featuring the work of 21 developers who were granted access to only 10 datasets with which they created new applications. Today, the Health Datapalooza gathers thousands of health innovators and data geeks to meet the data’s curators in a forum that gives birth to new ideas, helps connect individuals and companies that have similar experiences, and launches new business on strong foundations of how the data may be used more effectively.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.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.