Short term I’d like to continue building real world, useful experiments and hacks to demonstrate to local government employees, elected officials and citizens the benefits to be gained from having access to civic data in programatic, structured formats,” he wrote to me last week in an email. (But he says the same on his own about page.) “Having existing, working examples should help guide government employees and more importantly encourage citizens to require their local communities provide this level of service and information.
Open Data Geeks to the Rescue
Building support for open government is crucial. A competition to find the world’s most open governments could provide needed nudges, including for the U.S. Countries around the globe are racing ahead with open government; the U.S. should feel fresh urgency to keep moving forward, too.
Most exciting for Open Source for America, though, are the projects that improve public-private collaboration. By releasing taxpayer-funded software to the public, we allow citizens themselves to take a role in improving their government.