A few years ago Harvard Kennedy School recognized the Department of Justice Global HTML project that simply by defining data protocols dramatically improved the ability of unrelated public agencies to share data. In fact, through such conventions the ease of sharing data is so greatly enhanced that agencies have few excuses in defending proprietary approaches to their information.

In his column below, Zach Tumin reports on efforts by the National Information Exchange Model to broaden the domain of cross-boundary information sharing. I invite you to share your data-sharing experiences with a comment in our blog.