I have a chapter in the new O’Reilly book “Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice,” which you can get from Amazon. Abstract of my contribution:
Jerry Brito calls on hackers—in the sense of brilliant programmers rather than computer criminals—to liberate government data for the masses. If the government won’t make data available and useful, it is up to technologists to do it for them.
Here’s a free 7-chapter sneak peek of the book (PDF), and here’s my chapter (PDF) titled “All Your Data Are Belong to Us: Liberating Government Data.” Check out the whole thing because there are some amazing folks in here who contributed some really remarkable pieces.