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"Knowledge is a Mashup" (O'Reilly Radar)

posted Aug 8, 2010, 9:13 AM by Learning Registry Apps Administrator   [ updated Aug 11, 2010, 8:41 AM ]
Vanessa Fox for has a great article on The Smithsonian Commons project. "The Commons" is an effort to provide online access to Smithsonian research, collections and communities -- essentially bringing the knowledge captured in the buildings online.

It's a great example of open government in action.  Vanessa writes:

"The Commons, which is currently being prototyped, is one of the best examples I've seen of "Gov 2.0 in action." Highlights include:
  • Open access to data and knowledge, applied in a way that matters to people's lives.
  • It's transparent, participatory, and collaborative in a way that harnesses what Clay Shirky has called "the value of combinability" -- an end result greater than the sum of its parts.
  • It is made significantly more useful by our contributions.

If these things are important to you -- if you see the power of freeing real objects and history and culture -- then go check out the prototype and let the Smithsonian staff know what you think. They need to hear from you before they can go on to the next phase in the project."