The former-CIO of the NYC Department of Correction & Probation, Kael Goodman, has recently led the creation of a really innovative and fascinating platform called BlankSlate. BlankSlate is currently in Private Beta and seeking testers, I highly recommend that techies and early-adopters try it out; here is the official invite:
Hello, you are invited to take part in the BlankSlate Private Beta.
BlankSlate is a cloud platform that enables you to access data management resources through simple readable and writable REST APIs. BlankSlate is schema-less and can scale to millions and millions of records. It offers the functions of a traditional database without the administrative overhead.. so you can focus on content, letting BlankSlate focus on managing your data.
BlankSlate is the work of Ning Zhou, who was previously an IBM software architect, and Kael Goodman, who was previously a CIO of two NYC government agencies.
You can do a lot with BlankSlate...
** Like build all kinds of apps. Some examples are here:http://www.esellerads.com
(uses most of the BlankSlate APIs and also the Etsy API)http://www.brownstoner.com/directory/join.php
(this page uses the BlankSlate form submit API)
** Like connect your existing systems to BlankSlate and immediately have public APIs for your friends, colleagues, customers, and the public to use. Here is a public API that makes 5.5 million NYC.gov records available: http://www.blocksandlots.com
(uploaded to BlankSlate in 45 spreadsheets)
You are welcome to try out all the Cloud API Data Services available on BlankSlate. You can add records by uploading spreadsheets, connect your APIs to web forms to collect new data, or connect your APIs programmatically to existing applications. You can use most any programming language you like with the BlankSlate APIs.
Some of the apps shown above use additional BlankSlate APIs for user management, file management, and ecommerce that are not available in the BlankSlate Beta. We look forward to making these APIs available soon.
We are looking for feedback: suggestions, bugs, praise, concerns, feature requests, business development ideas, how you used BlankSlate, etc. and will happily showcase stuff using BlankSlate.
For the database folks out there (this is THE MySQL group!): BlankSlate's cloud implementation is built on Amazon Web Services. It uses Amazon MySQL instances thru Amazon RDS and also Amazon's EC2 and ELB. Though using relational databases, part of BlankSlate's magic is that it is schema-less. The enterprise version of BlankSlate can run using any relational database and J2EE app server.
Finally, we're looking for talented people to work with us in both platform development and in professional services.
To be included in the beta program, go here: http://blankslate.com/contact.html