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Government Data Sets – Managing Expectations


US Open Government plans were released today. As part of this process, federal agencies are beginning to release data sets publicly in ways they never have before. Some substantial and thought-provoking blog posts over the last few weeks have discussed how government can do open data well.

There are significant cultural and social sticking points that have yet to be addressed in releasing data openly. A discussion with a colleague from NASA last week confirmed how far away most agencies are from the luxury of considering the innovative ideas for data set management available to them. Here's why:

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Must Read: NYT Series on Radiation Poisoning


A fascinating series on new radiation treatments for cancer patients by New York Times reporter Walt Bogdanich caught my eye for two reasons.

First, because he bases his reporting--showing that there have been hundreds of people injured, some fatally, by these new technologies, even as so many are also saved--in part by wresting accident report and other records from federal, state, and city government sources. In other words, via government data.

And second, because the week before his first story appeared, my mother underwent such treatment for a benign brain tumor, a meningioma, that was growing back nearly 15 years ...

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Open Data We’re Thankful For


While this is a little late-- late's better than never for giving thanks. And this year, we've got a lot to be thankful for. Open Data in Open Government is making leaps and strides. The Vice President is talking data quality in government on the Daily Show. ABC News along with's controversy have brought government data into prime time. It's been a long time since transparency like this has seen this kind of attention.

At this time of Thanksgiving here in the United States I wanted to give thanks for the new and changing government datasets that we have now. Some are truly amazing.

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