Knowledge City maybe, but not Data Burgh
The great irony is that here in the information technology center of the universe we like to think, nobody is even contemplating anything like that here.. at the city, or how about the county or any of our other 1,000 local governments??? Upcoming race for Allegheny County Chief Executive might be a great place to start a discussion of open government data. Every candidate should have a white paper on what it means to them don't you think?
The dichotomy is not that hard to explain... it just isn't about technology. When it comes to data transparency for either city or county I could revert to the mean with a vengence given an intern and a scanner.
You can't just blame the apparachniki... the local fourth estate is not quite doing much along these lines. What is not happening here? Check out the Guardian's meta-list of their digital journalism.
If only I had time....