The UK’s Power of Information Task Force announced the “Show Us a Better Way” contest back in July. The concept: public call for ideas to better present government data online in ways that citizens can easily use.
The competition closed at the end of September and yesterday the winners were announced. The list is topped by maps-based mashups:
Can I Recycle It? Input your postcode to find out what your council recycles
UK Cycling A one-stop site to plan your cycling route, for those at any skill level (sounds to me a lot like Bikely)
Catchment Areas Shows boundaries of school catchment areas, even “fuzzily”
Location of Postboxes Shows where the nearest one is to wherever you are
Loofinder A mobile texting or website that tells you where the nearest public toilet is (a twist on the National Public Toilet Map from the Government of Australia)
I think this competition idea is a great way to kick the Government 2.0 idea forward. On this side of the pond, the concept has been replicated by the District of Columbia down in the US with the Apps for Democracy competition (call for entries closes on 12 Nov). Whither a canuck example?