After reading +34 article on Google’s new service that provides traffic information for mobile devices, I have remembered a similar application I discovered last year on BBC backstage webpage.
BBC Backstage is an innovation tool used by the BBC, which allows developers to use BBC’s contents in their applications, thus making BBC’s contents more valuable. This is a example of what Henry Chesbrough calls Open Innovation or Eric Von Hippel refers to as democratizing innovation or innovation by users. Further examples could be Yahoo! Developer Network or Google Code.
I include an screenshot of Yahoo! Developer Network because I specially like their Tagline: