Yahoo! surprises (hence the exclamation point)

Personally, when I think Yahoo! I think "Bubble-Yum Bubble Gum". It's good in an AOL kind of way. A useful portal for general populace, but it's always too icky, overloaded, and feature-poor for my tastes. This is in-spite of the fact that the president and CEO is a fellow Alum.

However, Yahoo! has really suprised me and released some very cool developer resources.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.