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Last week I sent an email to Googlers about the meaning of "open" as it relates to the Internet, Google, and our users. In the spirit of openness, I thought it would be appropriate to share these thoughts with those outside of Google as well. At Google we believe that open systems win. They lead to more innovation, value, and freedom of choice for consumers, and a vibrant, profitable, and competitive ecosystem for businesses. Many companies will claim roughly the same thing since they know that declaring themselves to be open is both good for their brand and completely without risk. After all, in our industry there is no clear definition of what open really means.
If there is one thing I noticed this past year, it is that companies seem to be tripping over themselves more than ever before to claim the mantle of openness. Openness is now a marketing mantra. Facebook kicked things off in May by opening up its social network to outside developers through a comprehensive set of APIs. Google responded by trying to “out open” Facebook with the launch of its own platform for social networking apps, OpenSocial (which was more open than Facebook’s APIs, but still not open enough for some people).
Yesterday, Google published a long manifesto on the “meaning of open” in the form of an email to all employees republished as a blog post. In it, senior VP of product management Jonathan Rosenberg , makes an eloquent argument for why open systems always win and urges Google’s employees to always strive to be open when designing products. An open Internet spurs innovation and brings more consumers on board, which ultimately means more searches and increased use of Web applications. The gist of his argument is that a bigger, better Internet is good for Google. He writes that Google employees should resist the impulse to create closed products and systems, and even makes a swipe at Apple for doing so (bold added for emphasis):
Steeds vaker kom je in beleidsstukken, in jaarverslagen en op conferenties de term “Living Lab” tegen als het over product- en diensteninnovatie gaat. Klinkt goed, maar wat betekent het en waarom zijn Living Labs voor ons relevant? Living Labs zijn test- en ontwikkelomgevingen buiten het ontwikkellab, in een realistische context, vaak in een begrensd gebied als een stad of een wijk.
London’s web and software developers got a major boost today – one that will see them able to create all sorts of exciting apps to improve life in the UK’s capital. London Mayor Boris Johnson today announced the launch of a scheme to make the capital Britain’s first ‘Open Data’ city. The London Datastore will make available for the first time a wide range of data about the city. The data will be open for all to use for free in Google Docs format. Data to be opened up includes crime rates, planning decisions, road traffic accidents, house prices and much more.
San Fransisco's public data at work on Crimespotting.org Photograph: PR The Mayor of London , Boris Johnson , will on Thursday launch a website hosting hundreds of sets of data - including previously unreleased information - about the capital, as part of a new scheme intended to encourage people to create "mashups" of data to boost the city's transparency and accountability. Channel 4 will also be offering up to £200,000 through its 4ip fund to help develop the most innovative uses of the data. To announce the site, Johnson will take part in a live linkup on Thursday to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with President Barack Obama's chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra, who has overseen the development of the US government's "data.gov" project, which aims to put all US government data onto the web for others to use.
The Massachusetts Open Data Initiative is working to make public data available and accessible to the citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Data Catalog is an inventory of public data in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts . MassApps Data Catalog