Hey, Beth Noveck is working at the White House getting really serious about giving all Americans a serious voice in running our Federal government.
She talks about how this is happening at city and state levels in Open Government Laboratories of Democracy:
to provide public access to information by and about government. What
makes this exciting is not merely having transportation information
available in machine-readable formats, but that professional and
amateur enthusiasts can then get together, as they did last weekend,
to create new software applications and data visualizations to better
enable public transit riders to track arrival times for the next
subway, bus, or ferry. Publishing government information online
facilitates this kind of useful collaboration between government and
the public that transforms dry data into the tools that improve
people’s lives. (For another great example, check out what happened
when we published the Federal Register for people to use.)
However, here's the big story:
We could all use help getting that message out there.