[NetBehaviour] FW: Two Worlds of Open Government Data: Getting the Lowdown on Public Toilets in Chennai and Other Matters

michael gurstein gurstein at gmail.com
Fri Apr 13 13:46:43 CEST 2012


Two Worlds of Open Government Data: Getting the Lowdown on Public Toilets in
Chennai and Other Matters 

For links etc.
http://gurstein.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/two-worlds-of-open-government-data-
getting-the-lowdown-on-public-toilets-in-chennai-and-other-matters/

TinyURL http://wp.me/pJQl5-98

Posted on April 10, 2012

On the face of it (so to speak) locating public toilets would appear to be a
natural for Open Government Data (OGD). Most cities have such
toilets-maintained at public expense for the use of residents with an urgent
need. Data on such facilities should be relatively accessible from municipal
government offices and making that information available to the general
public as a service via a mobile app is an obviously useful application and
seemingly win-win-win. A win for municipal government-they get to appear
public-spirited and supportive of citizens/tourists; a win for app maker and
the platform providing the app-what better application for a globally
accessible smart phone than a map of facilities for folks on the run; and a
natural for private sector sponsorship particularly as in the case of a
leading provider of info and apps on public toilets,
http://www.SitOrSquat.com who are sponsored by Proctor and Gamble (the
"leading toilet tissue" brand); and of course a win for the user
whoever/wherever they may be.




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