IEEE Intelligent Systems

Electronic commerce is exploding-Forrester research ( predicts global e-commerce will reach 6.8 trillion dollars in 2004 .

The widespread availability of Open Government Data is exposing significant challenges to trust in its unplanned applications. As data are accumulated, transformed, and presented through a chain of independent third parties, there is a growing need for sophisticated models of provenance.

In December 2010 the International Open Government Dataset Search (IOGDS) team at the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute embarked on a project to discover, document and analyze open data catalogs published by governments at various levels around the world.