FedScoop complied a countdown of the biggest open data tweets of 2013. These tweets are not necessarily the most popular, but express sentiments that were influential in the open data world from throughout the year.
— Congressdotgov (@congressdotgov) November 18, 2013
One of the oldest open data websites, THOMAS.gov, began its retirement Nov. 18. The Library of Congress revamped its almost 20-year-old flagship of congressional transparency. The new congress.gov will have new features and will be more user friendly.
— Sunlight Foundation (@SunFoundation) April 18, 2013
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act would have allowed information to be shared between intelligence agencies. Privacy groups were up in arms about the invasion of citizens’ rights, even before the National Security Agency spying scandals came out. The tweet also exposes the amount of money going into lobbying for the bill.
The Obama administration believes fully in transparency in all matters that are politically irrelevant.
— John Wonderlich (@JohnWonderlich) December 3, 2013
Both of these tweets expressed the frustration from open data interests groups about the quality of data coming from the Obama administration’s open data initiatives. The groups felt the data being released was not as substantial as it should have been. Federal spending data continues to be notoriously hard to track down.
The DATA Act passed the House on Nov. 19. The bill, which would require federal spending data to be compiled onto one public website, is likely to be taken up in the Senate soon.
Edward Snowden’s leaks about the NSA surveillance opened a huge can of worms in 2013. When you get props from the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers and served jail time for it, you know it’s a big deal.
Updated: Edward Snowden, an ex-C.I.A. employee, says he leaked data on surveillance http://t.co/y4lR0yumbo
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 10, 2013
We know you saw this coming. The biggest story of the year for open data was Snowden’s leaks, which are still sending reverberations through the security community.