Safety at Sea – U.S. Coast Guard Marine Casualty and Pollution Data for Researchers

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is responsible for investigating reportable marine casualties, accidents, and serious marine incidents.  The relevant mission statement and specific regulations can be found on the USCG Investigations Division homepage.  After an incident has been reported, it is entered into a national database of all marine casualty and pollution incidents.  These important historical records can then be accessed by researchers interested in understanding maritime safety, accident prevention, or trends in certain types of maritime incidents through time.  Other agencies interested in maritime transportation performance measures rely on the USCG data to examine incident trends on U.S. waterways.  Files for the Marine Casualty and Pollution Data for Researchers datasets can be downloaded directly from the U.S. Coast Guard Homeport website by following the drop-down menu options on the homepage Missions: Investigations: Marine Casualty Pollution Investigations page at


As described by the USCG, “the Marine Casualty and Pollution Data files provide details about marine casualty and pollution incidents investigated by Coast Guard Offices throughout the United States. The database can be used to analyze marine accidents and pollution incidents by a variety of factors including vessel or facility type, injuries, fatalities, pollutant details, location, and date.  The data collection period began in 1982 for marine casualties and 1973 for polluting incidents, and is ongoing. Documentation includes entity and attribute descriptions along with suggested solutions to general marine pollution, vessel casualty, and personnel injury and death questions.”

Visitors to the USCG Homeport data download site should note that there are three files available fore download, but it is the second file on the list (named that contains all available marine casualty data from January 2002 – July 2015.  The files extracted from can be opened with most standard spreadsheet editing software programs.

Source: USCG Marine Casualty and Pollution Data,


Data.Gov Links Related to this topic:

USCG Marine Safety Information Data,

USCG Facility Pollution Database,


U.S. Coast Guard closed and unresolved incident investigations, 2002 - 2015 (part year)
U.S. Coast Guard closed and open incident investigations, 2002 through 2015 (part year).



Roundtable on Open Data for Economic Growth

On July 25, 2017, the Executive Office of the President Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will host a Roundtable on Open Data as a driver for economic growth. Here’s why we’re focusing on this opportunity—and how you can help us.

Open data is free, publicly available data that anyone can access and use without restrictions. U.S. Federal Open Data is a strategic national resource. American businesses depend on this government data to optimize their operations, improve their marketing, and develop new products and services. Federal Open Data also helps guide business investment, foster innovation, improve employment opportunities, and spur economic growth.

The value of Federal Open Data to the United States has been estimated at hundreds of billions of dollars. The U.S. Department of Commerce calculates that internet publishing, consulting and market research firms use this data to generate more than $200 billion in revenues each year. Other studies have found that U.S. weather, GPS, Census, and health data support billions more in revenue in other sectors.

How do companies use government data to build their business?


Finance companies use a wide variety of data types to evaluate credit, guide investments, and quantify risks, including the risks of lending to individuals or businesses.


Healthcare companies tailor Precision Medicine treatments to individual needs, while others empower patients to find the best care at the best price by using data on hospitals, medical groups, medicines, and patient outcomes.


Consumer retailers use GPS and weather data to improve shipping along supply chains. They also use Census data to target their marketing, choose new business locations, and identify consumer trends.


Transportation and trade companies use Federal data to make transportation more efficient, improve safety, and facilitate trade.


Geospatial companies use open data to build mobile applications, GPS navigation tools, and real-time mapping platforms – all to find population growth trends, reduce road congestion, track flu outbreaks, and improve disaster response.


The Roundtable on Open Data for Economic Growth will emphasize how companies create value from and leverage freely available government data. Leaders in government and industry will explore the economic and societal benefits of Open Data for American businesses and entrepreneurs.

This Roundtable methodology may be applied to other topics, for example, how Federal Open Data improves:

  • Return on investment for taxpayer dollars, and Federal spending
  • U.S. government efficiencies
  • Data-driven government and evidence-based policy

We welcome your input. If you have suggestions for this Roundtable or future topics, please email


Update 7/26/2017: Roundtable on Open Data for Economic Growth Agenda


The White House Open Data Innovation Summit

with Solutions Showcase

1280px-WhiteHouse_LogoSeptember 28, 2016 | 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001 

Agenda of the White House Open Data Innovation Summit.

Agenda by session:

Main Stage Document Link (ALL Day)
Solutions Showcase & Storytelling Stage (All Day)
Focus Area: Health and Wellness (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
Focus Area: Energy, Transportation and Community Resilience (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.)
Focus Area: Economic Growth, Innovation and Opportunity (3:30 – 5:30 p.m.)

On September 28 the White House Open Data Innovation Summit will highlight the Obama Administration’s work in opening U.S. government data and to discuss the path forward to continue this progress. This event is co-hosted by White House, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the General Services Administration, and the Data Foundation and will feature cutting-edge uses of government open data to promote government efficiency and effectiveness, drive innovation, economic opportunity, and improve the health and welfare of the American public.

During this free and open Summit we will hear from people on the front lines who are championing data-driven innovations. The Summit will explore the following questions:

  1. Efficiency and effectiveness: How has open data made the government more efficient and effective?
  2. Health and wellness: How has open data made us live better lives?
  3. Innovation, job growth and economic opportunity: How has open data spurred innovative thinking, job growth and economic opportunity?

The Open Data Innovation Summit will bring together government trailblazers, entrepreneurs, companies, advocates, and civic innovators who are using Federal open data across all sectors. Innovations in open data will be featured in keynote presentations, lightning talks, and panels on the Main Stage and an exhibition hall in the Solutions Showcase.

The main stage of the Summit will be livestreamed worldwide–Join us!


The White House Open Data Innovation Summit will be held at the Washington Convention Center, concurrent with the Data Foundation’s fourth annual open data policy conference, Data Transparency 2016. Alongside the Summit, Data Transparency 2016 will include additional tracks focusing on the benefits of open data in government finance and in regulation. Last year’s open data policy conference, Data Transparency 2015, attracted over 500 registrants and featured nearly fifty speakers. The full recap of Data Transparency 2016 is at

Data Transparency 2016 website:


White house  GSA SBA   Data Foundation

SBA Co-sponsorship Authorization # 16-3010-173. SBA’s participation in the cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsors or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Your Open Data Story

Open government data enables us to create tools that deliver insights on topics ranging from education and health to entrepreneurship and foreign aid. Families reviewing college options can compare tuition, graduation rates, and potential post-graduation salaries, using the College Scorecard– an application built with Department of Education data. By analyzing CDC data on infant mortality and the USDA’s Food Access Research Atlas, researchers can study the relationship between a city’s infant mortality rates and citizens’ access to healthy food options- add on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, and those same researchers can tell a story about how a family’s annual household income may determine a newborn’s health outlook. A maker of personalized key chains can use the Social Security Administration’s Popular Baby Names dataset to predict which names on key chains will sell the most per U.S. state- in California, Noah was the most popular male name while Sophia was the most popular female name for the years 2014 and 2015. How much in U.S. Foreign Aid was allocated to Mexico for the fiscal year 2015? has the answer. invites you to share your open data stories as you explore or download specific open government datasets. Doing so will provide feedback to government agencies about which datasets are in high demand and which ones need improvement. It will also help the team curate open data topics and special features- including coverage of open data events and hackathons.

Share your open data story here

Hourly information on U.S. electricity supply, demand, and flows now available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration

To a federal statistical agency like the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), there’s nothing more satisfying than providing needed information that can facilitate more informed analysis and policy decisions on a national and regional level. EIA recently launched a new U.S. Electric System Operating Data tool, which provides hourly electricity operating data, including actual and forecast demand, net generation, and the power flowing between electric systems.  The tool features nearly real-time demand data, plus analysis and visualizations of hourly, daily, and weekly electricity supply and demand on a national and regional level for all of the 66 electric system balancing authorities that make up the U.S. electric grid.

The information is collected directly from each interconnected electric system on the EIA-930 survey, the first hourly data collection conducted by a federal statistical agency.  Although electric system balancing authorities covering most of the United States have released voluminous public, nearly real-time information on grid operations since the late 1990s, EIA’s U.S. Electric System Operating Data tool expands the availability of data to the entire contiguous 48 states, and makes it available in a consistent format from a single source.

Among other applications, the data can be used to provide timely information on electric system recovery after power interruptions and to help evaluate the effects of renewable energy, smart grid, and demand-response programs on power system operations.  The tool allows you to visualize and analyze:

  • Total U.S. and regional electricity demand on an hourly basis
  • The hourly flow of electricity between electric systems
  • The wide variety in electric systems’ daily demand shapes and the seasonality of daily demand patterns
  • The extent to which electric systems rely on internal and external sources of supply to meet their demand
  • Potential stress on electric systems when actual demand significantly exceeds forecasted demand
  • Total hourly flows of electricity with Canada and Mexico

To learn more, watch the U.S. Electric System Operating data tool promotional video, along with a set of four video tutorials.

And have fun exploring!