The data catalogs available on the US Government’s flagship open government platform, data.gov are numerous and highly diverse. So diverse, in fact, that a question arises from a preliminary look at the availability and number of file formats: Who is the intended audience?
The study released today, titled “Open for whom? An overview of data.gov file formats”, puts forth nuanced conclusions and robust conversation-starters. Using an established hierarchy and sorting the formats against the “structure” and “access” dimensions, we find a rather high number of PDF and HTML files, but also a significant number of more complex formats.