Vivek Kundra, the DC CTO, and I are writing, a book Democratizing Data, (i.e. “Democratizing data makes it automatically available to those who need it when and where they need it based on their roles and responsibilities, in forms they can use, and with the freedom to use it as they choose — while simultaneously protecting security and privacy”).
I’m looking for examples of how using a combination of XML, KML, etc. tags to structure data and automatically syndicating it through RSS can get government workers the data they need on a real-time basis to make better decisions.
For example: in DC, workers were able to install and program more than 6,000 PCs in classrooms citywide much quicker than was originally projected because of access to geo-coded information. Or, it’s possible for various agencies to coordinate their activities to combat urban neighborhood decay if they all have access to the same geo-coded information on threats such as code violations and foreclosures (as opposed to the past, when these data would typically remain isolated in the data bases of the various agencies that collected them.
If you are doing anything of this sort, please let me know asap, so that I can set up an interview.