A paradigm shift happens when your point of view or perspective in a given framework changes. When the change happens, it happens in an instant, but for each of us it happens at different times. As a result, it can take some time for the new point of view to become pervasive.
The new way of thinking fundamentally transforms the basic assumptions about the status quo such that it no longer appears the same. In the new paradigm, ways of creating value and solving problems that formerly seemed impossible emerge.
As a community we have spent the last three years figuring out what open data is and what Tim O'Reilly meant when he coined the term “government as platform”. We have been involved in a lot of activities, hackathons, learning sessions and presentations. We now have a host of examples to demonstrate what open data is and how it can be made more useful.