“Show us a better way”, “Apps for democracy”, “Apps for America”

Two (not so new) initiatives in the area of democratizing data:

1. Show us a better way (UK)

“Show us a better way” is an initiative in the United Kingdom run by the “Power of Information Taskforce” with the mandate to:

“The Power of Information Taskforce is helping government become more open, transparent and effective through better use of published information. This competition is asking for your help in developing better ways to publish the vast swathes of non-personal information that the government collects & creates on your behalf. Public data is your data.”

2. Apps for democracy (Washington, DC)

Vivek Kundra has created a similar initiative in the city of Washington, DC called “Apps for democracy“. Raw data was provided and a call to programmers was launched in which they were asked to come up with innovative tools to use public data. In comparison to large expenses for “traditional” e-Government applications, this initiative only has $35,000 available to give to the award winners.

Here is the video with an overview.

3. Apps for America

After Apps for Democracy, Sunlight Labs has just launched the Apps for America contest using the Data.gov data.

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About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

One thought on ““Show us a better way”, “Apps for democracy”, “Apps for America”

  1. So glad to have found your blog – it was pointed out to me by a friend.

    I’m a Maxwell grad (MPA, 1994), former government employee, application developer, social media enthusiast and blogger.

    I was even a participant in both “Apps for Democracy” and “Apps for America”.

    My scribblings are at http://www.voiceingov.org, where I mainly talk about voice and speech applications, but also dabble in other interactive communication technologies, social media and occasionally politics.

    I’m going to add you to my blog roll.

    Cheers!

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