We hope to serve in an advisory and informational capacity to help make government data publicly accessible and maximally useful to local government agencies, urban neighborhoods, socially concerned and community development organizations, social science researchers, the media, and the public by:
I started a group here with a Milwaukee focus because that's where I am, and I have a few friends involved in improving the local government data infrastructure, which determines what can be done (by anyone) with that data.
But of course this is an international, universally relevant issue today, though it is motivated locally by the particularity of local issues. (See the Open Government Data group: http://groups.google.com/group/open-government )
Some ideas for posting here and starting a discussion:
*What is your interest in open government data, in general and for where you live?
*What are some of the technical and political issues you want to learn about?
*What do you already know that you can share with others?