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"Open data means taking data that is sitting in the vaults of the government, that the taxpayers have already paid for, and jujistu-ing into the public domain as machine-readable fuel for entrepreneurship and innovation." -- Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer

 

What is open data?

Open data is data that are freely available to everyone to use and republish for their own purposes. In the context of government open data, this means that Departments should adopt a presumption in favor of openness to the extent permitted by law and subject to privacy, confidentiality, security, or other valid restrictions. Open data are managed and provided in a way that makes it understandable and usable. The government's investment in data therefore becomes an an asset that can be used and reused for maximum return inside and outside of government. Learn more and join the conversation at Project Open Data.

 

Looking for DOI data?

Look no further! Search for and discover DOI data and data products at our data.doi.gov beta site! Please note that our catalog was recently launched on November 30, 2013. Expect constant improvement over the next few months as we work out issues and respond to feedback. Data are also available (along with data from other Federal departments) at data.gov.

 

Have a data suggestion for us?

We welcome your feedback, and have started a space for you to suggest ideas, comment on other ideas, and rank what you think is important. Head over to usinterior.ideascale.com and leave us a note. We're especially interested in hearing what datasets you'd like to see that would serve you or your business better.

 

The DOI FY14 Open Data Plan

In the FY14 Open Data Plan for the Department of the Interior (DOI), we present our objectives, approach, and quarterly action plan for the fiscal year. In order to make our data assets more open and available, DOI has been building a Data Services Team and setting up basic processes and infrastructure (such as the DOI Enterprise Data Inventory at data.doi.gov), and collaborating with business and mission staff. Just like our business and programmatic data, our Departmental data teams and business subject matter experts in business programs, Bureaus and Offices are our most important strategic assets. During this process, DOI Bureaus and Offices have collaborated very closely, working together and helping each other. The DOI Open Data Initiative bridges our business, data management and IT programs -- together we are working to discover the true value of data.

View our plan here (pdf).

 

Here are some of our datasets that you might be interested in

  • Natural Resource Volunteer Opportunities
    The volunteer opportunities dataset provides information about more than a thousand natural resource volunteer opportunities and government points of contact. (These and hundreds of other jobs can be searched at volunteer.gov.) Interior is the managing partner and many of its bureaus including the BLM, NPS and FWS participate as well as partner agencies such as the USDA Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    Find it on Data.gov
  • Federal National Recreation Sites
    This data set includes all federal natural recreation sites across the country and the recreation opportunities supported by the site. This dataset allows the public to find recreation opportunities for the entire government and eliminates the need to visit each managing agency for information.
    Find it on Data.gov
  • Wild Horse and Burro
    This data set includes herd information for Wild Horses and Burros on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The welfare of these animals is of great interest to the public and this dataset provides increased transparency into the herd locations and numbers. Interior actively pursued this dataset due to public interest and in response to a request for publication of data to data.gov regarding wild horses and burros.
    Find it on Data.gov

  • Human Caused Fire and Acres
    Number of wildland fires and acres burned as a result of human causes, from 2001 through 2008 (updated annually). Displayed by the eleven Geographic Areas used by the interagency wildland fire community for wildland fire resource ordering and dispatching. Includes federal (Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs) and state/local jurisdictions. This information is supplied by the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture.
    Find it on Data.gov
  • Lightning Caused Fires and Acres
    Number of wildland fires and acres burned as a result of lightning, from 2001 through 2008 (updated annually). Displayed by the eleven Geographic Areas used by the interagency wildland fire community for wildland fire resource ordering and dispatching. Includes federal (Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs) and state/local jurisdictions. This information is supplied by the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture.
    Find it on Data.gov
  • Prescribed Fires and Acres from 1998 to 2008 by Agency
    Number of wildland fires and acres burned from 1960 through 2008 (updated annually). Includes federal (Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs) and state/local jurisdictions. This information is supplied by the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture.
    Find it on Data.gov
  • Total Wildland Fires and Acres burned from 1960 through 2008
    Number of wildland fires and acres burned from 1960 through 2008 (updated annually). Includes federal (Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs) and state/local jurisdictions. This information is supplied by the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture.
    Find it on Data.gov