D.C. comes to Seattle as Seattle goes to D.C.

IdeaScale is gearing up for its second visit to the national Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, DC next week. As Open Gov fills the news on a national scale, we were happy to see a story posted yesterday to Seattle Pacific University’s blog by writer Scott Gutierrez. Titled “King County ready for ‘Government 2.0’”, Gutierrez’s post reports that Seattle is making great strides to stay at the forefront of the national initiative.

An ordinance passed in Seattle’s King County on Monday makes a huge amount of municipal data public to software developers or anyone who can use the data in a constructive way. It’s no surprise that developers in Seattle have taken the ball (or the data) and run with it.

One example Gutierrez cites is OneBusAway, “a popular application for transit riders that uses Metro Transit data to show buses’ real-time arrival information from the Web or a Smartphone. University of Washington graduate students built the open-source application working with data provided by the transit agency. Some 20,000 riders now use the service.”

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn is quoted as saying that “this is a great example of how government can tap into the entrepreneurial spirit and the expertise we have in the region.” We at IdeaScale couldn’t agree more. IdeaScale is happy to be contributing to the OneBusAway project by the inclusion of our iPhone feedback widget.

IdeaScale is looking forward to the Gov 2.0 Expo next week and will definitely be sharing our experience here on the blog. We hope you’ll join us for what should be another great week in the Capital.

Read the full article King County ready for ‘Government 2.0’.

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