What would you build with public information?

Show Us A Better Way is a website sponsored by the UK government. It invites readers to come up with ideas for what it calls “new products” to improve the way public information is communicated.

Anyone who has ever thumbed through a 750-page document dump understands that getting the information is one thing, and sharing it in useful ways is quite another. So, what the UK gov’t is doing here is very valuable.

As a sidenote, the website sounds like it was written by someone who fell in love with Wikinomics. I imagine this person vainly trying to get his superiors to understand what he’s talking about, then finally giving up and just throwing this website online thinking, “They’ll never even see the website, so I’ll just go ahead and do it”. Not saying that’s what happened. Just saying I can easily imagine it.

Update: What do I know? My ideas about the British government were formed by reading Phineas Finn. It turns out that this lovely website was the brainchild of the UK’s Minister for the Cabinet Office, who also has a blog. Check out the comments.

HT: Contentious.

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4 responses to “What would you build with public information?

  1. To be fair, this is driven by Tom Watson MP, who is the UK’s Minister for the Cabinet Office.

    http://www.tom-watson.co.uk/?p=2080

  2. Pingback: Wikinomics » Blog Archive » Wikinomics in the Blogosphere

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