After this year’s TransparencyCamp, I’m convinced the transparency and open data community has moved to a new stage of its development. As recently as three years ago, we were excited by the first civic organizations popping up in various countries and by governments opening large datasets for the first time.
Since then, the community has grown considerably larger and stronger. The discussion very much shifted from how to get the data to what to do with it and how to connect better internationally. Cross-country cooperation, advocacy campaigns and data standards are becoming the hot topics at conferences and on high-profile mailing lists.
With this shift in focus, there’s a new need in the community – a need for rich, accurate and timely information on what kinds of organizations, projects, tools, stories and experts exist, where they are and what they’re doing. The phrase I heard probably the most often at TCamp, as well as at the last year’s OKCon, was something like: “Gee, I wish there was a website listing projects like these," or “Where can I find all these awesome tools?"