linked-open-data.pngJackson Hts., New York, March 17, 2013 - The city of New York took an historic step last year when it approved of an Open Data Law that will make the preponderance city government data available as a commons. The arrival of the city’s TLD provides an opportunity to further develop city digital resources and extend the data commons.

The range of possibilities is long with the low handing fruit the DNS Data Query Log, a database of inquiries made of the .nyc registry of domain names. Properly anonymized, the Data Query Log provides the potential for a ‘twitter-lite’ data resource providing a pulse of the city.

And perhaps most expansively, if we can educate New Yorkers about the cumulative value of our individual knowledge, train residents to curate and present this knowledge using linked open data and .nyc URIs, there’s an opportunity to thoughtfully organize the sum of city knowledge into a globally trusted TLD. Secondary values can arise from this such as a locally controlled search.nyc. And economic development advantage would follow via local jobs and keeping ad revenue in our city. 

The .NYC Advisory Board, a new entity created by the city administration to provide strategic guidance on the operation of the .nyc TLD, provides a channel for expressing the public will on this issue. Let us know what you think about the above and your ideas about using .nyc data and we’ll pass it through the city’s decision making process. NOTE: Our founding director is a member of the Advisory Board. (Commons graphic courtesy of Wikipedia.)

 Learn more about The Campaign for .nyc on our wiki pages.

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