The Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act aims to make federal data more accessible and useful by requiring agencies to publish their data assets in a machine-readable format. It emphasizes the importance of open data standards and open licenses to ensure the public can use and reuse government data without restrictions. The Act mandates that, unless prohibited by law, all public and nonpublic data assets should be available in an open format and under open licenses, or as part of the public domain. This legislation is significant for federal data leaders because it promotes transparency, encourages innovation, and facilitates better decision-making by making government data more readily available for analysis and application in both the public and private sectors. It also requires agencies to engage with external organizations and citizens to leverage public data assets, fostering a collaborative environment for data-driven innovation.

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