American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Supports the OPEN Government Data Act (S. 760)

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) supports the OPEN Government Data Act (S. 760) — hooray!

Please see here for a 5 April 2017 letter to members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives signed by the AALL and others.

Law Librarian Blog very helpfully emphasizes the following specific portion of that letter:

We support the OPEN Government Data Act for several reasons. First and foremost, this legislation would institutionalize the federal government’s commitment to open data and allow the United States to remain a world leader on open data. Second, adopting a policy of open by default for government data would ensure that the value of this public resource would continue to grow as the government unlocks and creates new data sets. Third, a firm commitment to providing open data as a public resource would encourage businesses, non-profits, and others to invest in innovative tools that make use of government data. And [fourth], according to the Congressional Budget Office’s review of the 2016 unanimously passed Senate bill, taking these steps would not have a significant impact on agency spending.