[LINK] App My State - Victoria Mashes Up
georgebray at gmail.com
Sun Feb 28 10:34:32 EST 2010
The Victorian government's App My State competition
<http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/app-my-state/> is an evolution on
recent similar events like GovHack and Mashup Australia, and others.
But this time, the event is backed up with many great sources of data
relevant to Victorians and their app developers.
Both sites are groovy, web2 layouts and invite participation in lots
of ways. Both from people with ideas, and people who want to put the
effort in to build something. The Vic govt are clearly communicating
their intention that the data is now available and they're encouraging
public-good use. The App My State initiative also educates the
government agencies on the other side of the fence, showing them their
datasets can be hosted easily and there is a path through the
copyright and licensing mess.
http://data.nsw.gov.au also deserves mention for a site with great
usability and clarity, and http://data.australia.gov.au led the way.
It's great to see governments opening up through innovative use of their data.
George Bray, Canberra, Australia. http://geobray.com
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