The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is being recognized for an innovation that makes our data easier for people to access.
The Center for Digital Government is presenting BEA with its 2012 Driving Digital Government Award at an event today in San Francisco. BEA was honored for its interactive data tables, which are available on BEA’s public Web site.
The interactive tables provide a uniform way to tap into BEA data. They also make it easy to create, customize, and modify tables; create custom charts; share tables and charts via social media; download data to files; and save queries. This year, BEA added a mapping function for regional data.
The award recognizes outstanding government agency Web sites and applications based on innovation, functionality, and efficiency.
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. The center is a division of e.Republic, a national publishing, event, and research company focused on smart media for public-sector innovation.
BEA launched the interactive data tables on www.bea.gov in 2011 as part of a drive to make BEA data as open as possible.
Building on that effort, the Census Bureau rolled out its first mobile app in August that includes BEA data—specifically gross domestic product, personal income and spending, and U.S. trade in goods and services—a report that is produced jointly with Census.