Among the interesting features of the White House’s new Open Data Policy is that the memorandum that provides policy guidance to agencies in complying with the policy (M-13-13) was published on GitHub, using GitHub’s “Pages” service — see the White House’s Project Open Data GitHub page.
Publishing the memorandum on GitHub allows citizens to propose revisions to the policy, through GitHub’s “commit” and “pull request” functions.
The White House’s publishing choice thus enables citizen participation in the process of crafting the government’s open data policy.
Nick Judd at TechPresident reports that developers have already begun to submit revisions to the policy on GitHub.
HT Alan deLevie
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