Friday, March 19, 2010

BBC News - US calls for 'YouTube' of government data

The US technology chief has called on developers to build the "YouTube" of government data.

Vivek Kundra told the BBC that he envisaged a world where anyone could "slice and dice" government information and share their results.

Mr Kundra is in charge of the US website, which gives citizens access to reams of official statistics.

People can use the data to create mashups and web applications to reveal new patterns and carry out analysis.

"Imagine a world where you have a YouTube for data where anyone of us could slice and dice this data and share it with our family, friends and policymakers", he said.

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