I had been fighting with data all day long. For writing an article in RDEC agency of Taiwanese government, I experienced the latest political technologies and data of Sunlight Labs and Sunlight Foundation. The level of details of MapLight(their 6 minutes tour is strongly recommended!) and Metavid (read their papers! Michael Dale’s & aphid’s) are breathtaking for me.
Ethan and Dan Gilmor had the stories (Local online organizing at the Sunlight Foundation meeting, & Political Watchdogging of Sunlight Foundation and Berkman Center’s January conference, when I am busying helping Dr. Chuang with Creative Commons Taiwan‘s Open & Free Workshop.
I really enjoy reading Sunlight Foundationa & Labs’ blogs, where people are concern about similar things just start to take off here. So I follow Carl’s steps to visit MashupCamp3… their website. The Dapp is so cool. People in Elixus (Taiwanese hacker community) is doing that kind of thing back in 2001, but with web 2.0 wrap-up, the whole using process is pretty enjoyable.
The whole day’s fighting give me a lot of ideas to fight with local data. National digital archives program has a huge digital repository, and when we have chance to connect with governmental data, there are much more waiting to see the sunlight. I believe such initiative, just like Hans Rosling’s Gapminder.org, would be very important initiatives to bring in new scenarios of the future politics & our everyday social life. Very practically.