OpenGov Voices: Breathing life into open data with ClearGov - Sunlight Foundation Blog
"The concept of driving trust through open government has been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until the advent of the Internet that true open government could become a reality. President Obama’s recent Open Government Initiative has added significant credence to the open data movement. On the other hand, growing fallout from government scandals, such as Wikileaks and the Ed Snowden leaks, has caused an increased distrust in government. These crosswinds have been a driving force behind increasingly open state and local governments looking to drive trust through transparency. In fact, open government is now a practice that is being followed by thousands of governments and has even spawned a whole new industry in support of this effort. Yet this evolution in government has brought to light new issues and challenges. We now find ourselves awash in seas of data that are accessible, but seemingly overwhelming and difficult to understand ..."