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Seven Reasons I Think "Datamasher" is So Cool (and Deserves Your Vote!)

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.

Shovel-Ready Online Civic Projects #5: "Global Energy Observatory" Interactive Databases and Maps

The Geo Project
"(T)o provide a platform for understanding, visualizing and analyzing global energy systems that will help the world accelerate the transition to cheap clean energy for all." 

There has been a rising consensus that we need to transform our global energy system to reduce energy usage and to shift to less carbon intensive energy sources.

Shovel-Ready Online Civic Projects #3: Health Care Provider Data Feed

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act logoThis is the third in our series of "shovel-ready" internet projects – Forum One's take on how to spend the the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)" popularly known as "the stimulus package."

Andrew Cohen argues that a portion of the Health IT funds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act should be dedicated to developing a common format for consumer information about health care providers.

Shovel Ready Civic Projects #2: A News Portal for Global Health

In the midst of an economic downturn, it might seem that people dying half a world away is somewhere down the priority list. Bill Gates, in his recent famous mosquito-releasing speech, talked about the economic impact of the burden of disease: for example, the 200 million people who are sick with malaria at any given time aren't able to contribute, solve problems, get educated, or help make the world a better and safer place.

Shovel-ready Online Civic Projects #1: Global Development Commons


This is the first of a series of blog posts we’re doing to identify “shovel-ready” web projects we think the federal government should fund. These are internet-related projects which we think are worthy of funding because they address important civic problems, they will catalyze important work by others, they are imminently scalable, and they are projects which the private sector lacks sufficient incentives to undertake.

Perfect Storm for Government Innovation Online: Vivek Kundra

The Obama Administration announced yesterday what had been widely expected, that Vivek Kundra, former Chief Technology Officer of the Washington DC government, would be taking on the role of Federal Chief Information Officer.

Plant 1000 Flowers (But Encourage Consistency and Learn As You Go)

I attended a session called "a Day in the Life of a Federal Web Manager" at the Transparency Camp in DC this weekend, and we had a very interesting discussion about the tension that large organizations face with respect to letting different departments and groups at their organization experiment with web 2.0 tools.

Online Strategies for Open-Government / Ideas from the Obama Team

The incoming Obama administration is pledging to use some innovative internet strategies to expand citizen access to government information and processes. (This gets us at Forum One pretty jazzed - we've been evangelizing a long while about using online services to expand public access to information, enable new forms of collaboration, and build online communities.)

Slides: DC's Innovative Data Catalog

Our Web Executive Seminar last month featured a terrific case study by District of Columbia CTO Vivek Kundra on the DC Data Catalog -- an archive of over 200 data feeds. Under Kundra's leadership, the District is using simple technologies to become, arguably, one of the most transparent metropolitan governments in the nation.

We've blogged about Kundra's presentation previously, but now his slides are available for the first time (with audio). I've embedded them below. Enjoy!

DC Does Public Information Right

Yesterday, my colleague Chris von Spiegelfeld shared some impressions of our recent event Web Sites Without Walls.

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