Open 311 API will allow to programmatically submit and query service requests to the Washington DC Mayor's Call Center (311). The Open 311 API will support variety of types of service requests (e.g. broken signal, trash pickup, pothole, etc.) Each service request will have list of fields describing the service request, some of them are mandatary (e.g. location field, tied to DC GIS MAR), some of them will be optional (e.g. description, link to service request info in external system (such us future community website, built as part of Apps for Democracy))
Last week saw a wave of developments in the opening of government data, coinciding with the Personal Democracy Forum in New York. The new CIO of the country, Vivek Kundra, announced a site called the IT Dashboard that shows government spending on IT contracts for many federal agencies, and includes detail on the progress and performance of those contracts.