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Today at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, DC: the Federal Government is announcing they will be implementing OpenID and Info Cards as part of its open government initiative. The looming adoption of these two standards paves the way for citizens to use existing accounts and online identities (such as their Yahoo or Google accounts) to participate in various government web sites. This also means that citizens can customize their experience on government websites without needing to reveal any personally identifiable information – including passwords.
Open data startup Enigma has released its platform to the public and now provides the open Enigma API so that developers can begin drawing on open data sources and feeding them into their applications. Co-founder Marc DaCosta spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the importance of encouraging developer involvement, and why Enigma can succeed when other open data platforms have had difficulties building a sustainable model.