SF gov't looking at next steps for Gov 2.0/eGov

SF gov't looking at next steps for Gov 2.0/eGov

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This arises from a talk with people at the SF Department of Technology, really serious about using tech to help people out. The "we" that I refer to includes SF city workers and volunteers.

We see that people are building apps for local gov't, stuff that matters, mundane but important.

For some time, there's been transit apps, like nextmuni.com, and customer service like 311

Also, local gov't now provides a lot of data via datasf.org, much like what's being done in Washington.

We're seeing (what I think of as) private/public partnerships get more stuff done, like Routesy.  Routesy makes it really easy to figure out the next Muni bus or train. It figures out the closest stop via GPS, and then connect to the Net for the next arrival.  (True Craig story: for me, N Judah, 6 Parnassus, or 43 Masonic.)

How do we get a lot more going on? What people in Washington DC and NYC have done is to launch contests for application development. (links here)

The deal is that we need a little nucleus of innovation and recognition of the work that my fellow nerds have done, or might do.

I like a focus on small apps that get useful stuff done, everyday stuff,  and maybe a contest, maybe a hackathon, might accelerate development.

More to come, we're still only at the beginning. For more, check out the links above, and maybe also Sunlight Foundation, which does a lot of the heavy lifting.

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Mike Birdsall

They could use technology by ticketing people illegally parking using Handicapped Placards. Keeps the spaces available for the disabled and the tickets could help the City of SF balance the budget. http://www.handicappedfraud.org

Bob Burbach

We totally agree and are excited about the opengov movement and sites like datasf.org & data.gov! There are developers out there with great ideas and the desire to see tech used to enable people.
In fact we built http://govpulse.us in less than 3 weeks for the Apps for America 2 contest and could not have been named a finalist without the open source community!

Craig Thomler

Here here!
Make simple apps that solve issues for people – make things they use regularly more convenient or understandable. Then link them together into a workable service ecosystem.

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