Open Government and the Cloud… a Perfect Storm

It’s been just over two months since the release of the Open Government Directive (hereby referred to as “The Directive”), and the state of awareness continues to grow steadily, especially among those of us in the technology community. This isn’t unexpected; we’re the innovators and early adopters on the low end of the adoption curve…


Open Gov… Dallas and Bing – done.

Well, that was easy.  So easy that I spent the rest of the evening playing around with the UI of my App just for fun (yes, I consider that fun). First, Dallas… I thought it would be a little challenging… after all, the idea of engaging services from a Data Marketplace itself just seems complex. …

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Vote for the BEST Windows Azure Application for State & Local Gov Partners

Let your voice be heard and spread the word!  The submissions are in and public voting is now open for the Windows Azure Application Development Contest targeted towards State and Local Government agencies.  Click here to vote for the best application! Voting is open until Feb 19th at 5pm PST. Check out the submissions and…


Open Government starts with Open Data… (but…)

But it doesn’t end there. Aggregating and exposing information is the initial hurdle to compliance with the Open Government Directive (http://www.whitehouse.gov/open), and is the basic prerequisite for everything else. But the Open Government Directive isn’t just an exercise in publishing data – the intent, and expectation, is that the data will be an enabler for…

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Azure Solution Developers: Win $10K – but you need to act FAST!

We’re coming to the end of our State & Local Government Azure solution contest – with prized of $2.5k, $5k, and $10k for third, second, and first place, respectively. Note: THE LAST DAY YOU CAN SUBMIT A SOLUTION IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5th… and this won’t be extended.  Net net: get your submissions in ASAP. Pretty…