As you may have guessed, GovTribe loves us some open government data. We use a whole heap of it, combined with proprietary code to drive our iPhone app hōrd. Without open government data, who knows what we would be doing. As avid open data miners, we are stoked to be exhibiting on September 10 at the 2013 Data Transparency Conference.

Whilst mining the open government data it became very apparent to us that the government has made great strides toward making data available. However, there is room for improvement as to how that data is actually presented. We won't get into the gory details but trust us that while posting a PDF on a website is technically "open", it is not technically easy to work with on a large scale.

Enter the Data Transparency Coalition and the DATA Act. Feel free to peruse the content yourself, but the gist of the organization and the Act is to take open data and make it standardized and more easily readable by machines. This is important (especially to us) because when machines can read things, all sorts of interesting insight and decision-making support can become reality. As that's our business, we can't help but be excited. Vid below provides the highlights.

If you are coming to the conference, drop by the GovTribe table and say hello.