I'm not quite sure for whom and from where this request was targeted...
I'm Antti Poikola from Finland and I'm running a "Apps for Democracy
Finland" competition for the better use of open government data. The
contest has been successful way of starting the discussion with
different governmental bodies about the theme of opening data sources.
Of course the opening of data doesn't happen over night, so the real
results of the contest come with delay.
Similar kind of contests are sprawling all over the world Washington DC.
UK, Belgium etc. We are actually planning to make some sort of network
between the contest organizers in order to change ideas and knowledge.
It would be great to develop a well known contest brand "olympics of
open governmental data".
Link to our contest site: http://www.mindtrek.org/2009/democracy_finland