“Of all the things that made up the ‘gov 2.0’ meme, open data may be one of the most important. It’s a key part of government thinking like a platform player rather than an application provider.
At Code for America, the work ended up being about liberating data as much as about writing apps.
We’re just at the beginning of a really interesting new approach to government services.
So much can flow from so little. Consider how Google Transit began with outreach from the city of Portland to create GTFS, a standard format for transit data, which was subsequently adopted by other cities. Now you can get transit arrival times from Google, as well as from hundreds of smartphone apps, none of which needed to be written by city government.”- Tim O’Reilly”