data.gg is the brain-child of Jason Magee and Kieran Senior with the aim of providing all Bailiwick of Guernsey-related data to the public through an easily accessible API in many formats which suit those using it. Currently we support XML, JSON, HTML and soon we shall be supporting Object data formats along with gzipped formats of all. data.gg is and will always be non-profit.
Because we are far behind other places in the world, and to push forward with software we need one thing: data. The problem is that data isn't readily available and is hidden away in PDF files or random HTML pages with no apparent structure. We had many ideas we wanted to 'get out there' but for each project we needed an API to integrate with, and so data.gg was born.
We believe that we should live in a world where we are self-reliant, turning our dependencies from the government and instead relying on ourselves. We believe that each and every one of us has a unique set of expertise that can be used for the benefit of others, and data.gg is just one expression of that belief. Chief Minister Jon Le Tocq spoke of this more elegantly when he said:
It is, as all well know, increasingly unrealistic and unnecessary for the States to do everything. This is not a financial argument, although of course it works in that perspective. It is also a realisation that there are people with better expertise and understanding of what is needed on the Island, and how it can be most effectively and efficiently delivered.