...not only are they [gov. GIS sites] really, really useful, people don't think of them as GIS, they're apps: they happen to have maps in them, you get your answers to your questions...
Also from the podcast, O'Reilly’s seven axiomatic points are:
Embrace open standardsGuess what? This hits all the high notes of oilelefant! Let's take them one by one from the top, shall we?
Make it simple
Design for cooperation
Learn from users
Lower the barrier to experimentation
Make it a culture of measurement
Open the doors to partners
- EPSG, OGC and PPDM are standards for projections, web mapping service & petroleum
- the web front end is all the users will ever have to see to access their entire workflow
- stored on an intranet and linkable to extranets makes it collaborative in-and-of-itself
- version 2 took user feedback to extend into document management and storage
- proven web and data managment technology and protocols are kept "under the hood"
- ROI comes from organising and serving up asset data using simple and affordable tools
- there are already two implementation and storage partners with more to come soon
Oh! and one more thing - a week of tweeting this blog via RSS has doubled traffic to oilelefant.com - isn't that Web 3.0 in action?
Wikipedia fair use rationale here