TRANSPARENCY SHOULD be a three-legged stool of awareness, access and accuracy. Data.gov, the government's data Web portal whose purpose is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, is focusing on the second leg of the stool: access. of the three, accuracy, which is part of data quality, is the most difficult to achieve but also the most important. If government data is untrustworthy, the government defaults on its backstop role in society.
So, can you trust the data provided on Data.gov? A cursory examination of the newly released high-value datasets revealed 10 types of quality deficiencies.