New HealthData.gov now in beta
Since the IDEA Lab is working to support a more modern and effective government, it’s time to deliver an effective modernization of HealthData.gov. This site is widely known as a reliable catalog of health, social services, and research data that are accessible by the public for reuse in all kinds of innovative work to improve the nation’s health and well-being. HealthData.gov has been in service for five years, so now it’s time for a refresh. A goal of the re-launch of the site is to update the platform’s underlying technology for more efficient performance. Upon that foundation we’ll aim to build out a more robust set of tools and dashboards that our community of data users can rely on while supporting one another in understanding and more efficiently using the data resources that are available.
The process to build up the new site began with the migration of existing catalog content to DKAN, a Drupal-based, open source, open data platform developed by NuCivic. The site is launching in beta as we test the site’s performance, and establish a blank canvas upon which we’ll improve the look and feel of the site. What you see initially is a basic outline and the appearance and features available on the site will evolve over time. We’ll be testing the site’s performance, and establishing a blank canvas upon which we’ll improve the look and feel of the site.
Later, we’ll be implementing tools to promote better sort and search, easily previewing data resources such as charts and maps, linking you to other datasets you might be interested in. We’re also exploring an infrastructure for requesting and discussing data.
Keep in mind, this is the beta version of the new site and the basis upon which new functionalities will be implemented over time. So please, tell me what you’d like to see the site do. Your feedback is valuable so leave comments!
I’d like to extend a special thank you to the team at eGlobalTech for their dedication to supporting HealthData.gov as a valuable site that the public can rely on for access to valuable data resources.