Sunday, March 13, 2011

How Government Data Can Improve Lives - Economic View - NYTimes.com

An open data snapshot

GOVERNMENTS have learned a cheap new way to improve people’s lives. Here is the basic recipe:

Take data that you and I have already paid a government agency to collect, and post it online in a way that computer programmers can easily use. Then wait a few months. VoilĂ ! The private sector gets busy, creating Web sites and smartphone apps that reformat the information in ways that are helpful to consumers, workers and companies.

How Government Data Can Improve Lives - Economic View - NYTimes.com

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