Daniel Hudson replied to the topic What is the Value Proposition of Open Government Data? in the forum Forum Discussions 9 years, 3 months ago
Its great to see all the creative work at http://data.gov including the intuitive navigation for reviewing data sets and data visualization examples. The Value Proposition of Open Government Data should include building a stronger community around this space. Stories about why and how people use Open Government Data may have more impact than measuring number of views or downloads. The meaning of the data and reasons for empty or cryptic fields could be crowdsourced to the community. A small group of community managers could focus on keeping the community healthy.
Adding value to Open Government Data can be done with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that extend the value of these data sets. Twitter and Facebook experienced explosive growth after creating and releasing their APIs. These APIs could be used to create “sharable objects” that can be shared, embeded, & mashed up across multiple environments and devices. We can start with simple standard formats before we get into things like SPARQL and RDF. The World Wide Web is already packed with server-side and client-side tools to read and manipulate RSS. We also see data sets in RSS formats at http://data.gov This is one simple way of putting government data into standard sharable formats. Many of the other data sets could be transformed from their raw xml format to standard RSS formats.
What if Open Government Data was available in YQL?
Taking the data to the people seems like a good goal. The Yahoo! Query Language is an expressive SQL-like language that lets you query, filter, and join data across Web services. http://developer.yahoo.com/yql/
What if Data.gov Had a Real App Store?
A Real App Store for Open Government Data that supported the collaborative spirit of adding value to Government Data would be great hosted in a space like http://data.gov This Platform as a Service (PaaS) would support serving apps, mashups, and Software as a Service (SaaS) across the federated space. I believe we would see exponential growth in the value of government data with something like JackBe’s Presto powering the Government App Store.
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