Fast forward to February 6 and the same process has been repeated with individual federal agencies as the subject. This time the idea generation has been much more productive, with ideas such as establishing clear benchmarks on humanitarian progress in Sudan [Ref 2] to the State Department, funding for open source text books and materials [Ref 5] to the Department of Education, making it easier to access previously FOIAed documents [Ref 7] to the Department of Justice, and creating a Wiki for NASA to share its data and to engage the public [Ref 6].
Hackers from NASA's Nebula cloud computing platform [Ref 8] have created a site that aggregates 23 of these idea sites to give a quick peek into the best rated contributions in each category. Programmed in Python and using the MongoDB and Tornado web server, the Open Gov Tracker was highlighted [Ref 3] by the open government blog Govfresh this past week as well. Jessy Cowan-Sharp, one of the creators explained their motivation: 'We thought that a single access point would give a sense of the participation on all the different sites, a window into the discussions happening, build some excitement, and inspire people to participate.' [Ref 3]
The process closes on March 19th, so go and visit the site to contribute your ideas and vote!
1 — http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/06/03/1155221/Open-Government-Brainstorm-Defies-Wisdom-of-Crowds
2 — http://openstate.ideascale.com/a/dtd/19606-7038
3 — http://govfresh.com/2010/02/quick-chat-with-hackers-behind-opengov-tracker/
4 — http://opengov.ideascale.com/a/ideafactory.do?id=4049&mode=top
5 — http://openeducation.ideascale.com/a/dtd/21851-7030
6 — http://opennasa.ideascale.com/a/dtd/24748-7044
7 — http://opendoj.ideascale.com/a/dtd/19415-7036
8 — http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/12/02/152241/NASA-Nebula-Cloud-Computing-In-a-Container
9 — http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2009/09/28/big-government-means-big-business-for-data-sharing-start-ups/