Environmental Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/

Milestone 9 - November 30th 2015

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Leading Indicators

These indicators are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget

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Assessment Summary

The Environmental Protection Agency should be applauded for their increase in licensing documentation (though 'Other License Provided' should be updated with specific licensing information), having 100% valid data.json, and successfully pointing to Data.gov for a human-readable list of all datasets at [agency].gov/data.

The Environmental Protection Agency needs to address the following issues in their Enterprise Data Inventory: * Provides a public EDI file, but fails to: provide it in the correct format, provide it as a dataset, (a minor point: the metadata format is incorrect, listing it as HTML on Data.gov: http://catalog.data.gov/dataset/u-s-environmental-protection-agencys-enterprise-data-inventory) * Fails to organize data assets in to Collections * Fails to document all non-public and restricted datasets, redactions, restrictive licenses and provides an explanation for non-disclosure (in the rights field) * Of note: only 1 Bureau and 5 Programs are cataloged and non-public and restricted public cataloging is much slower than other agencies.

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Inventory Updated this Quarter
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Bureaus represented
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Number of public datasets
Number of restricted public datasets
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Inventory > Public listing
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Spot Check - datasets listed by search engine
Agency provides a public Enterprise Data Inventory on Data.gov
License specified Crawl details
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Number of Datasets Crawl details
Number of Collections Crawl details
Number of Public Datasets with File Downloads Crawl details
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Percentage growth in records since last quarter
Valid Metadata Crawl details
/data exists Crawl details
/data.json Crawl details
Harvested by data.gov
Views on data.gov for the quarter
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Description of feedback mechanism delivered Crawl details
Data release is prioritized through public engagement
Feedback loop is closed, 2 way communication
Link to or description of Feedback Mechanism
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Data Publication Process Delivered Crawl details
Information that should not to be made public is documented with agency's OGC
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Open Data Primary Point of Contact
POCs identified for required responsibilities
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Identified 5 data improvements for this quarter
Primary Uses
Value or impact of data
Primary data discovery channels
User suggestions on improving data usability
User suggestions on additional data releases
Digital Analytics Program on /data

Automated Metrics

These metrics are generated by an automated analysis that runs every 24 hours until the end of the quarter at which point they become a historical snapshot

data.json
Expected Data.json URL http://www.epa.gov/data.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved Data.json URL https://edg.epa.gov/data.json
Number of Redirects 3 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type application/json
Valid JSON Valid
Datasets with Valid Metadata 100%(3184 of 3184)
Valid Schema Valid
Datasets 3184
Number of Collections 0
Datasets with Distribution URLs 79.5% (2531 of 3184)
Datasets with Download URLs 78.5% (2498 of 3184)
Total Distribution URLs 4842
Total Download URLs 2498
Total APIs 2344
Public Datasets 3132
Restricted Public Datasets 11
Non-public Datasets 41
Bureaus Represented 1
Programs Represented 5
License Specified 100% (3184 of 3184)
Datasets with Redactions 0.0% (0 of 3184)
Redactions without explanation (rights field) 0.0% (0 of 3184)
File Size 6.57MB
Last modified Wednesday, 25-Nov-2015 02:11:26 EST
Last crawl Thursday, 26-Nov-2015 23:12:21 EST
Analyze archive copies Analyze archive from 2015-11-30
Nearby Daily Crawls
/data page
Expected /data URL http://www.epa.gov/data (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /data URL http://developer.epa.gov/category/data/
Redirects 3 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/html; charset=UTF-8
Last crawl Thursday, 26-Nov-2015 23:11:32 EST
/digitalstrategy.json
Expected /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www.epa.gov/digitalstrategy.json (From USA.gov Directory)
Resolved /digitalstrategy.json URL http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/digitalstrategy.json
Redirects 2 redirects
HTTP Status 200
Content Type text/plain
Valid JSON Valid
Last modified Friday, 29-May-2015 18:15:34 EDT
Last crawl Thursday, 26-Nov-2015 23:11:32 EST
Digital Strategy

Date specified: Friday, 31-May-2019 09:16:54 EDT

Date of digitalstrategy.json file: Friday, 29-May-2015 18:15:34 EDT

1.2.4 Develop Data Inventory Schedule - Summary

Summarize the Inventory Schedule


In 2005 the EPA developed a metadata catalog for Agency datasets known as the Environmental Dataset Gateway (EDG). In response to Project Open Data requirements the EPA CIO issued an Agency-wide data call in Fall of 2013 asking all EPA organizations to register their datasets in EDG. Since that time the Agency has been committed to increasing the percentage of EPA data cataloged within the EDG. The Office of Environmental Information works with the Agency's Information Management Officers on an ongoing basis to encourage them to ensure that data within their program offices are registered in the EDG and has increased its network of stakeholders to ensure that any datasets not identified during the 2013 data call are registered in EDG.

1.2.5 Develop Data Inventory Schedule - Milestones

TitleProvide reports to programs to identify metadata holes.
DescriptionEPA uses its registry of IT Systems, READ, to identify datasets that may not be cataloged in the EDG. The EDG team works with the data stewardship network to identify and catalog the missing datasets.
Milestone DateOngoing
Description of how this milestone expands the InventoryThis milestone allows EPA to identify and catalog new datasets that were not identified in the original 2013 data call within the Agency's Environmental Dataset Gateway, the metadata catalog which is used to create the Enterprise Data Inventory.
Description of how this milestone enriches the InventoryThis milestone brings new and important datasets into EPA's Enterprise Data Inventory.
Description of how this milestone opens the InventoryThis milestones provides additional datasets that are publicly available through both the EDG and data.gov.

1.2.6 Develop Customer Feedback Process

Describe the agency's process to engage with customers


EPA interacts with the public on its data in numerous ways including public meetings/forums, feedback buttons on websites, webinars, mailboxes, FOIA Online and help desks. Recently the Agency launched an online public data forum to communicate with the public about its data in a fully transparent manner: http://developer.epa.gov/forums/forum/dataset-qa/. This forum enables two-way, transparent feedback between the Agency and the public. It can be accessed through three different webpages: the Environmental Dataset Gateway (EDG) webpage, the Developer Central webpage, and EPA's Digital Strategy webpage.  The forum shows both the public user's question and the Agency's answer and categorizes questions to increase discoverability about specific topics. Development work is underway to embed the forum into the Agency's metadata stylesheet. This would allow people to ask questions about a specific dataset directly from a metadata record and have that question routed to the metadata owner for response.
 In addition to the Forum, EPA has developed an error correction tool which allows the public to report errors that they find relating to data, especially in relation to the geographic locations of data points. The errors are routed through a system that returns feedback to the person who has reported the error.

1.2.7 Develop Data Publication Process

Describe the agency's data publication process


EPA has a number of policies and procedures concerning the publication of Agency data.  The Enterprise Information Management Policy requires all EPA Organization officials, employees, and individuals or non-EPA organizations, if applicable, to ensure information is cataloged and or labeled with metadata.  This includes geographic references, as appropriate, in EPA and Federal-wide registries, repositories or other information systems.  The EPA GeoPlatform Publishing Workflow Standard Operating Procedure and the EPA Environmental Dataset Gateway (EDG) Governance Structure and Standard Operating Procedure outline the details of EPA data publishing.
 EPA provides a range of tools and registry content (e.g. Reusable Component Services, Environmental Dataset Gateway, and Data Element Registry) through its System of Registries located at: www.epa.gov/sor. EPA is continuing efforts to document APIs through the development of an Agency-wide API Strategy.  The proposed strategy is based on 18F's API standards.  The proposal encourages the use of api.data.gov's API management platform. In addition, APIs produced by the EPA should be described using one of the common API definition formats (such as Swagger, API Blueprint and RAML).  The strategy is being finalized and an Agency-wide communication plan is being developed.  This communication plan will include Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that require API developers to register dataset APIs in the EPA's Environmental Dataset Gateway, which will allow these APIs to become part of the EPA's EDI/PDL.  All other APIs will be registered in EPA's Reusable Components Services (RCS).