Thanks to everyone who participated in the Aid Information Challenge on Friday at the Word Bank. It was a great discussion that brought together a mix of people from different disciplines interested in open data and transparency's capacity to make aid more effective. Thanks again to the World Bank for hosting, and to the Development Gateway for all they did to make it happen.
Here in the Washington area, the much-beleaguered local transit agency, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (a.k.a. Metro), has been running a sponsored message on the local NPR affiliate, WAMU. It goes something like, "... announcing new buses, new routes, and a new corporate culture based on responsibility." Now I am not trying to pile onto Metro, as this is clearly copy that came out of their PR shop, but the last bit always makes me laugh.
On January 21, 2009, the White House issued the Transparency and Open Government Memorandum. The memorandum instructed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide guidance to executive departments and agencies on implementing open government. The memorandum outlined the three pillars of open government thereby narrowing the discussion to transparency, participation, and collaboration. On December 8, 2009, OMB released the Open Government Directive (OGD), which provided specific guidance on fulfilling the vision set forth in the January memorandum.
This week, I participated in the Open Government Workshop, which brought together a group of leaders across the federal government sector. The sessions are designed to develop tactical recommendations for federal agencies developing their open government plans, which are due to be published on April 7.
A number of federal agencies are experimenting with fascinating approaches to online public engagement, even in the absence of specific guidance about how they should approach such online opportunities.
I'm very excited that our Datamasher web site is one of the three finalists in the Sunlight Foundation's "Apps for America 2" Contest! The other two finalists are very interesting sites, but here are my thoughts on why Datamasher is very cool and deserving of your vote! by September 7th.