The Future of Open
Open Government has come a long way. The first wave of the open data movement continues to liberate data from closed formats and systems. The next wave is building an open infrastructure for collecting, managing, and publishing data in collaboration with citizens.
Managing Road Data
Road and public transit touch the daily lives of nearly every citizen. Open road and transit data generates tremendous economic benefit and promotes accountability.
OpenStreetMap is a powerful tool for sharing road infrastructure, but legal and policy considerations prevent governments from managing their road data in OpenStreetMap. Working with the World Bank and the Philippines government to deploy the software the powers OpenStreetMap to manage road data with open software. This is also good for the OpenStreetMap community. It creates more investors in the OpenStreetMap ecosystem and more OSM-ready data.
Investing in Usable, Scalable Tech
We built the front-end to Healthcare.gov entirely with open source tools and approaches. Our technology stood up to the demand. While closed software powering other parts of Healthcare.gov failed, our software worked 100% of the time.
Building Healthcare.gov allowed us to invest in open source tools like prose.io for easy site management. Prose now is used by hundreds of other public and private actors who use it completely free.
Open is a Two-Way Street
Open government requires more than just dropping datasets. At a minimum, citizens should be able to submit improvements and corrections to this data and to inject relevant data into government processes. Open data works best when there is a feedback loop of citizen generated data is providing feedback on government data. We worked Pursue and refugee camps in Lebanon to provide feedback data on a range government services with open source tools.