With the recent passage of NYC’s landmark Open Data Bill, the stage is set for NYC to become the premier Digital City of the Future.
But as referred to in the Roadmap, having Data is not enough. You need a Platform.
And the city is doing a great job with its multi-prong “City as a Platform” strategy that its been aggressively executing not even a year since the Roadmap was published.
Still, creating the data-driven future for NYC requires something more.
For NYC, however big and extensive its data catalog, is but one point in the Big Open Data space. We also want to tap other NYC-related datasources including APIs, websites, appstores and other data marketplaces.
And we want to expose all this collaborated, federated data in a big mashup environment – using open standards, using familiar developer interfaces, that not only “geeks” can use to develop the next “Big App”, but “normals” as well to create citizen mashups.
NYCFacets is just our first installment. We needed to catalog NYC Open Data first, a necessary itch that sorely needed scratching that we knew our fellow Open Data developers will find useful as well.
Now that that we’ve scratched that itch (since it was what was really doable in the two months we’ve put it together for BigApps), we are now using NYCFacets to build our first pediacities.com starting with NYC.
And what is Pediacities.com? Think of it as a network of data-driven wikipedias for cities.
The first beta build should be available by Summer 2012. It will show how NYCFacets accelerates pragmatic Open Data innovation. It will also serve as the foundation on top of which a plethora of Smart City mash-ups will be built.
Onwards Open Data!