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A casualty of the effort to reduce spending by the US federal government may be Data.gov, reports MIT's Technology Review. The budget for the Electronic Government Fund is being cut from $35 million to $8 million, creating fears that some programs will not be funded. Harlan Yu, a graduate student at Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University tells Tech Review that Data.gov introduced a standardized data format for that makes it easier for the data to be processed by third parties.

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