We also need to get the data right to reap the full benefits of mobile technology. This requires effective, forward-thinking inter-agency coordination on geospatial data to allow users to discover more information about places they visit with their mobiles. Users should be able to get apps that answer questions like: What watershed am I in? What is the soil type here? What are the demographics? What is the weather forecast here? etc. The U.S. should embrace linked open data standards federal government-wide as the Brits have done with Data.gov.uk. Getting the data right will enable much better functionality for mobility and significant cost reductions across the government.
Idea No. 69