I just saw the announcement of a new application that is available for either iPhone 3GS or for Android and allows people to visualize stimulus package contributions through an augmented reality application. As far as I can tell, it is pretty much like Google Maps and StreetView to visualize where government money is being used.
Great stuff, I’m sure, but I fail to see who would be willing to know about whether a construction site they are walking by has received financial contributions through the stimulus package. I’m sure that, not being American and not having any particular attachment to this, I am missing an important part of the picture. But I am still waiting to see the valuable applications that will be created by leveraging data made available through data.gov. So far most of the open government data examples I have seen are about giving people a way to keep an eye on what government does. This is definitely very important, but can we have something new (besides traffic, parking and public transportation) that has to do with service delivery, to re-energize our faith in the power of information?
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