The idea of the city-as-platform was raised by Chicago City CTO, John Tolva, in an excellent review of Chicago’s open data projects, and starts with the provision of an open application programming interface (API) to the city’s data portal.
When observing the explosive growth of the mobile Internet, the ubiquitous availability of ever more powerful digital services as well as the global boom in social networking, it becomes patently clear that there is a common economic force behind these trends, and that force is Data.
RedCut has released Citizen 2.0, a white paper of case studies that include 17 examples of social media and government innovation: SeeClickFix, Ushahidi, ManorLabs, Vancouver Green City, NYC Idea Market, GovLoop, Yammer, Experience Grand Rapids, Turkayfe, US Embassy in Jakarta, Zonability, CultureNow, PopVox, Localocracy, Votenaweb, EveryBlock, and YouTown.
Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of NESTA UK, talked in Lift France 11 conference, about collective intelligence and how we think about the idea of openness. Through several examples, he introduces a reflection around crowd sourcing data and its use.
Ahmed Abukhater, Global Industry Manager for Community Development at Esri explains in Next American City magazine how to shift from “planning for people” to “planning with people” using new technologies and platforms.
Based on a recent Forrester survey showing that the majority of people on the Web are willing to co-create, Dion Hinchcliffe, a lead Enterprise Web 2.0 advisor, argues that crowdsourcing is looking like a repeatable, reliable way to outsource work and partner with online communities to create concrete results.