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Open Data & Transparency in Government 2.0: Yale Paper

Government as a Platform: Letting Others Bridge the GaaP #GOV20

Our government has a tremendous amount of data to manage.  Government agencies also spend a lot of money and time sharing information with the public.  This effort has moved to the internet over the past few years with the creation of web sites, that usually require great effort to update.  A huge amount of money and time can be saved by the government simply sharing data.  We see the improvement in the movement toward Government 2.0 with the creation of web resource http://data.gov

Gov 2.0, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, iPhone Apps, & Mashups

Government 2.0 supporters can plainly see examples from internet giants like Twitter, Google, Yahoo, and Apple.  Twitter has an easy to understand  Application Programing Interface (API), that is well documented and easy to use http://apiwiki.twitter.com/. Others have used “Twitter Data” to create some very amazing things that people use every day.  A ton of people have contributed to Google in many ways, I really like Google Gadgets.  How about “Gov Gadgets“?  Yahoo, the God Father of Social Media has taken advantage of “user generated content” for years.  They have also surfaced interesting “collective intelligence” from everyone’s efforts.  I really like Yahoo Pipes http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/, a simple user interface for creating data mashups.  How about “Gov Pipes“?  How much money and time would Apple need to invest, if they had to create every app in the iPhone App store?  A simple API and delivery method has added unmeasurable value to the Apple iPhone.  How about “Gov Apps“? The internet is packed with successful stories and examples of how users add value.  This holds true for blogging tools too, like WordPress. WordPress Widgets is a simple method of users adding information and value to their blogs.  What about “Gov Widgets“?  A library of “Gov Widgets” would allow people to share important government information with their targeted audience.  When it comes right down to the core needs, it is about the data.  Most users will need a simple API to use the data.  It’s hard to imagine that new government sites will not be created in the future.  I hope future developers will design with SOA in mind.

Government Data and the Invisible Hand

By David Robinson, Harlan Yu, William Zeller, and Edward W. Felten
11 Yale J.L. & Tech. 160

This paper proposes an approach to online government data that leverages both the American tradition of entrepreneurial self-reliance and the remarkable low-cost flexibility of contemporary digital technology. The idea, though it can be implemented in a comfortably incremental fashion, is ultimately transformative. It leads toward an ecosystem of grassroots, unplanned solutions to online civic needs.


Government Data and the Invisible Hand

Gov 2.0: Government as a Platform #aif09 #GOV20

Government 2.0: Government as a Platform – Aspen Ideas Festival 2009 #aif09

Happy Fav Five Friday!

I believe Tim O’Reilly (@timoreilly) outdid himself here.  His presentation at Aspen Ideas Festival on “Government as a Platform” was outstanding.  I encourage you to take a quick look at the presentation below.  This presentation will help you catch a glimpse of our future government, how we can help, and current opportunities.  Government 2.0 seems to be about moving forward by getting back to the basics, by the people for the people.

“divide it among the many”

The Government 2.0 ideas about we talk about today are not new.  Tim included a full screen-shot of a document by Thomas Jefferson dated February 02, 1816 in his presentation.  This “letter” by Thomas Jefferson starts with, “No, my friend, the way to have good and safe government, is not to trust it all to one, but to divide it among many,..”


Presentation: Government as a Platform #aif09

7 Simple Principles of Government as a Platform

  1. Embrace Open Standards
  2. Build A Simple System
  3. Design For Cooperation
  4. Learn From Your Users, Especially Ones Who Do What You Don’t Expect
  5. Lower The Barriers to Experimentation
  6. Build a Culture of Measurement
    • If it works, do more of it
    • If it doesn’t, stop doing it
    • Build systems that respond automatically to user stimuli
  7. Throw Open the Doors to Partners

Government as a Platform / Anatomy of a Linux System

The anatomy of a linux system can help us visualize open source systems.  There is a difference between making web pages/applications and creating a platform.  Platforms can be extended and integrated, usually by people other than the creator.

Atomy of a Linux System

How to get Involved with Government 2.0

Fav Five in Gov 2.0

Open Government Initiative

On January 21, 2009, his first full day in office, the President issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government and called for recommendations for making the Federal government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/blog/

Gov 2.0 Summit

The Platform For Change – Over the past fifteen years, the rise of the World Wide Web has resulted in remarkable new possibilities and business models reshaping our culture and our economy. Now the time has come to reshape government. With the proliferation of issues and a scarcity of resources to address them all, leaders inside and outside government are turning to the principles of participation, collaboration, transparency, and efficiency to address the challenges facing our country and the world. This is the agenda of the Gov 2.0 Summit. http://www.gov2summit.com/


GovLoop is the premier social network connecting the government community. http://www.govloop.com/

Gov 2.0 Radio

Steve Ressler, GovLoop.com founder and two-time Fed 100 winner, Steve Lunceford of GovTwit and Deloitte and Adriel Hampton of LocalGov20/Gov20Radio, talking tech-enabled governance with the best of government and Web 2.0. http://gov20radio.com/

Apps For America

Apps for America is a special contest we’re putting on this year to celebrate the release of Data.gov! We’re doing it alongside Google, O’Reilly Media, and TechWeb and the winners will be announced at the Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase in Washington, DC at the end of the Summer.  http://sunlightlabs.com/contests/appsforamerica2/

Bonus Pick for Gov 2.0

Apps for Democracy

Apps for Democracy was created by iStrategyLabs to fulfill the DC Government’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer’s need for visualizing their Data Catalog for the benefit of citizens, visitors and businesses of DC. They hope this model for technology innovation can be adopted by other municipalities in order to strengthen their own technology communities by developing open source solutions for the good of all. Please contact Peter Corbett, CEO, iStrategyLabs with any questions regarding the Apps for Democracy contest, or to run one in your city. http://www.appsfordemocracy.org/

What do you think about the “Government as a Platform”?

Integrating Enterprise 2.0 Tools Into The Existing Business Process

Enterprise 2.0 Adoption Begins With Process Integration

The Strategy for implementing an Enterprise 2.0 solution in the business environment starts with mapping tools with the organizational structure and the existing business process.  Adoption will increase when users intuitively understand the structure and see immediate benefits of integrating these tools into their process.  Great Enterprise 2.0 solutions do not replace, but integrate.

Enterprise 2.0 in the Organization by Robert Mahowald, Research Director, IDC

What are your thoughts about Enterprise 2.0?

Answering the challenges of an Open, Transparent Government. Vivek Kundra on Government 2.0 #gov20

Vivek Kundra U.S. Federal Government on Gov 2.0

Awesome opportunities for Web 2.0 / Social Media Developers

The movement toward Government 2.0 is great, this is like a leap toward Government 3.0.  I know there are plenty of intelligent/creative people out there that will be able to create some amazing things with http://data.gov

These are exciting times!  Opportunities Everywhere!

USAF Soars Through The Social Media Skies

The United States Air Force Raises the Social Media Bar

Happy Fav Five Friday!

new-media-and-the-air-forceAll I can say is WOW! I am really glad you are here. I seem to jump all over the place with Enterprise 2.0, Social Media, and Government 2.0. I try to include a little something for our wide audience of web strategist, developers, designers, government followers, and social media folks. In a previous post we covered some points on the difference between Enterprise 2.0 and Social Media. Today I would like to share some amazing things our government agencies and warfighters are doing with Social Media. Continue reading USAF Soars Through The Social Media Skies