Introducing IFTTT's Data Access Project

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This is insanely cool. The push for open data in government has been happening for a while, with plenty of cool results. Frequently, though, CSV datasets reside on dingy webservers waiting for an analyst to download them with an R script. This is certainly better than nothing, but it's far from open data living up to its true potential. Open data needs to be active, to be integrated into our lives, for that to happen.

This If This Then That project does just that: it allows people to turn open datasets into active tools. This is just a glimpse into the beginning of a very big trend.

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