Jan. 2, 2014 - We have unveiling our latest update to our standard CSV Universal Data Exchange (CUDE) for flattening national and international
governmental and standards organization's geospatial database. This standard, and tools we've developed, give
developers the most unprecedented and easy access for extracting, exchanging and importing data reliably and accurately from
national and international geospatial databases worldwide.
Historically, US and other Western governments have mandated to make data collected and compiled by tax dollars be accessible to the public.
In 2009, the Obama administration launched the Open Government Initiative (OGI) to provide a centralized repository for "public access to high value,
machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government." (data.gov).
There is no common convention though, national and international, within the US and other governments on defining public access to data collected.
The access methods, format, layout, and character sets are just some examples where the methodology differs from one department/agency to another and across organizations within.
These differences continue to create a high-cost barrier to those compiling and aggregating high value datasets from multiple sources.