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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Opening Dutch PSI

Ton Zijlstra, Open Government Data, Exciting New Project, Interdependent Thoughts, January 13, 2009.  Excerpt:

Last June I wrote about open data, after attending a session by Keith Andrews at PolitCamp Graz. I continued the discussion on that topic with others, which now has turned into a new and exciting project.

Wouldn't it be great if we, as citizens, could have access to already public data and information in a way that we can choose? ...It is...the rationale behind the British government project Show Us a Better Way, where ideas are collected around putting government data to good use....

It would be great wouldn't it? That's why the Ministry for Interior Affairs here in the Netherlands asked me and James Burke (Lifesized) to work on some appealing examples of reusing government data and opening up that data for the wider public (with APIs and some simple tools) in the coming months. At the same time we will create a map of possible government datasources to open up, and the people involved with maintaining those data sources, as well as collect ideas, examples, wishes, and needs from citizens around open government data....