Why we should continue to watch change.gov: Asking for help… and iPhone apps
There is all sorts of innovation going on at the Obama transition Web site change.gov. As I mentioned earlier, it will be interesting to see how Obama’s online efforts evolve as they shift from a campaigning mode to a governing mode where they have to deal with a whole bureaucracy, but… in the meantime, it is fascinating to watch how the site is just going out and getting things done.
Two items that demonstrate this: Change.gov asking for help… and the change.gov iPhone apps.
* Asking for help
One of the remarkable things about Web 2.0 — my definition: Web 2.0 are tools that tap into the theory that all of us are smarter then each of us individually — and one of the remarkable things about Web 2.0 is that you don’t have to know everything. If you truly believe that all of us are smarter then each of us individually, then if there is something that I don’t know, I can ask for help and there is a good chance that somebody else out there might have some expertise.
How does this apply to change.gov? Well, the transition team posted a New Year Day blog post, New challenges, new opportunities — a post that has received, at last check, 442 comments. At the end of the post, somewhat innocuously, they have this:
The other example is the Change.gov iPhone application where, like other examples of where government releases data is a usable way, people then create… Read more about the change.gov iPhone app … after the break.
* Change.gov iPhone apps
I’ve mentioned other examples where governments have freed up their data, which then allowed people to use that data in various ways. Change.gov is doing that too — and one almost immediate application has developed — a change.gov iPhone application. That application was developed by Cerado — read more on their blog here.
This opening up of the content on Change.gov has the stated intent that “anyone can take the policy points and discussions from the site and create their own remix or branch of it.”… When (technology + information + inspiration) are allowed to work together, astounding things can happen in the blink of an eye. Innovation can happen, anywhere, at near-instantaneous speed.
We’re going to have the head of Cerado, Christopher Carfi, on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris next week. I also a tad bit embarrassed to say that I simply don’t know that much about the Creative Commons. I’ve been reading their their FAQ. I’ve sent them a note to get somebody on Federal News Radio 1500 AM to talk about it too… it seems very interesting. Would love additional information or people to can educate us.
In the meantime, I continue to watch change.gov to see what other interesting things they do.
Hat tip: ReadWriteWeb.com