Bill Thompson has a right go at Web 2.0 and all that as “Ajaxified snakoil” with homemade data exchange formats amd inconsistent architectures, instead of a model of distributed objects messaging each other nicely.
But isn’t it cool what you can do? Just look at Simon Dickson’s mashup of TheyWorkForYou and Google Maps – giving an interactive map of constuencies, allowing you to pick out your MP, and see what they’ve been up to. (Update: I missed the need for non-Londoners to hit a button to reveal their MPs)
I’m wondering if e-government should throw in the towel, and shift its focus from producing websites to producing web services. In other words, create databases visible to the outside world, and let others do the presentation.
Maybe we should go for it, and hope that at some point in the future the data standards catch up? The computer scientist would hate that…