Someone had forwarded the replies to William Chu's post about TownMe on LiveJournal. Sounds like an interesting project. I assume you know that the source code to EveryBlock will be released in June?
One thing I want to note about ArborWiki is that it's noncommercial. Our goal is not to make money (or even earn money). And for that reason, everything we have is available under the GNU-FDL.
ArborWiki is also not "mine," in the sense that the majority of edits have been made by other people. With the help of others, I coordinate updates and do some baseline moderation.
Please feel free to give me a call anytime: 734 846 5010
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From: Elad Gil <elad@...>
Date: Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 11:02 AM
Subject: Talk about ArborWiki and TownMe? :)
I set up the TownMe alpha site (still a lot of work to do!). Our goal is to be a broad, open information resource for people in local communities. To this end we have exposed a lot of data sets that are hard for people to find that we think would be useful (e.g. hospital patient outcomes, school data such as No Child Left Behind test scores, census information, and business listings.). In parallel, we have added wikis/community editable pages so that people can contribute any local knowledge they want to the site.
We are still in our early days (e.g. are still debating which creative commons license to adopt for the site to ensure the information on it is open, working on a better user experience, building tools for people to use to deal with all the data we have etc.).
One of the towns we are focusing on initially is Ann Arbor and someone pointed out ArborWiki, which is pretty awesome. Is there a good time to catch you by phone over the next few days to see if there are ways we could potentially work together to provide useful information for Ann Arbor/surrounding areas?