In a recent competition for the best idea for a webapp with an Irish focus, I was surprised to find several submissions were about citizen interaction with the public service and the Government. This set me thinking that we should not encourage the public service to build applications and sites but to build APIs for our data.
The key word is â€œourâ€. There is still a strong belief in the public service that somehow they own our data whether that is a hospital telling me I can only get my sonâ€™s x-rays through the Freedom of Information act, the Ordnance Survey keeping an iron-grip on GIS data or local government publishing data in proprietary Word docs and PDFs….
[thanks for the pointer, mat]