I’m a firm believer in the concept of Government as a platform and indeed it seems that the idea is much closer to being an accepted reality, even more so recently with the announcement via the Whitehouse blog of the US Government’s Open Government platform and an open source initiative – think data-government in a box. As part of President Obama’s announcement The President also unveiled the U.S. National Action Plan on Open Government, which detailed steps the United States will take to help meet the initiative’s goals.
This was reported as a first step with the platform… The first module released is the Data Management System, which provides the tools and capabilities for an automated process for publishing data in the Open Government Platform, an open source product designed to facilitate governments around the world to stand up their own open government data sites. Any government adopting the Open Government Platform will be able to download and use the DMS code to submit, approve, and update catalog data electronically on Open Government Platform websites and view management metrics reports. (Source: Data.gov)