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Use of Government Data Online

From a new Pew survey on Government Online:

Government agencies have begun to open up their data to the public, and a surprisingly large number of citizens are showing interest.

Some 40% of adult internet users have gone online for raw data about government spending and activities. This includes anyone who has done at least one of the following:

  • look online to see how federal stimulus money is being spent (23% of internet users have done this);
  • read or download the text of legislation (22%);
  • visit a site such as data.gov that provides access to government data (16%); or
  • look online to see who is contributing to the campaigns of their elected officials (14%).

Source: Law Librarian Blog