On Thursday, May 9, 2013 "...President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. The Executive Order declares that information is a valuable resource and strategic asset for the Nation. We couldn’t agree more.
Under the terms of the Executive Order and a new Open Data Policy released
today by the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of
Management and Budget, all newly generated government data will be
required to be made available in open, machine-readable formats, greatly
enhancing their accessibility and usefulness, while ensuring privacy
Open Data Policy