Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Linking with International Projects

There are a few key "data commons"-like projects that I think we should be following, connecting with, and perhaps collaborating with. A primary question for the DCP, I think, is: to what extent can we draw from and learn from (possibly adapt) the technologies of these projects (all open source) to serve DCP's goals? Are there things that DCP can contribute to these projects?

Mapping databases:

http://www.zoes.it/ (Italian)
http://www.solidarius.com.br/ (Portuguese)
http://www.fbes.org.br/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3748&Itemid=215 (Portuguese)

Brasil also has a site that does social networking for their SE enterpises:

http://cirandas.net/ (Portuguese)

It uses this application:

http://noosfero.org/Noosfero (English)

With regards to this last application, it's built (like the DCP application) in Ruby on Rails. Is it possible that DCP could integrate it into our current work and have a readily-useable social networking/online commerce application up-and-running fairly quickly?

1 comment:

Ethan Miller said...

Adding a quick comment to my own post:

One key thing that does distinguish DCP from all of these other efforts (as far as I can tell) is the notion of cooperative data-sharing across multiple organizations. That the very structure of data and data management would itself be cooperative is, I think, a key innovation that DCP has to offer.