By Gautham Nagesh - 08/12/10 06:14 PM EDT
The project was developed by the DNC's Innovation Lab, a small team working to apply technology to political challenges within the party. They describe themselves as "experimenters and engineers; organizers and designers." The team is planning to release more APIs for organizers and local parties leading up to the fall midterm elections.
"The party has committed itself to engaging with developers and opening itself to innovation, which can feed a healthy exchange of ideas and work — while also bolstering party efforts this year to provide state-of-the-art resources to campaigns across the country," said DNC spokesman Greg Greene on the significance of the site.
There is also a section on the site where the public can download from a small selection of open-source software applications. When asked by e-mail why the party chose to only feature a few open-source applications, Greene said the site was an attempt to engage the public in deciding what data should be shared.
"We see it as a process, though, not an event — which is why we've established Open.Dems as a forum for constant engagement with the open-source community," Greene said. "There'll be ongoing consideration of what information to share, and when and how to share it."