In my last post, I alluded to seeing sites no so much as platforms to display content, as much as they should be applications in of themselves. Government as a Platform, as espoused by Tim O’Reilly, relies on social interactions to spread information. However, I think that the real benefit of government as a platform relies on the ability of the government to open APIs for developers to automatically parse information and spontaneously create easy to understand visualizations of data for end users to understand. To this affect, I think that a true government platform is similar to the web 3.0 proposed by Conrad Wolfram, and his service, Wolfram Alpha is an example of self generating visualizations of raw data.
However, services like Wolfram Alpha merely display the parsed information. I think that future web applications will be be far more interactive and their visualization will be more rich.