Our end goal is to create a end-user application for any city to use along the lines of the design from Sunlight Foundation through our open source initiative – OpenData. Before we get there we want to follow the principle laid out by Tim Berners-Lee – just do it.
The other reason to get something out there is to get feedback from the community on two things:
- Desired datasets (through Digg like voting tool)
- Dataset quality (schema, metadata, accuracy, etc)
So the question we face for our initial launch in August 2009 is:
1. Simple HTML table like CA is doing
a. Pros: quick to set up and follows a table format like other data catalog sites
b. Cons: zero interactivity – rating, commenting, etc
2. Use our online discussion platform, Pligg
a. Pros: web 2.0 features
b. Cons: not in a table format
We’re leaning towards #2 but welcome your thoughts.