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Tim Berners-Lee unveils government data project

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posted on Jan, 21 2010 @ 03:19 AM
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Tim Berners-Lee unveils government data project


news.bbc.co.uk

Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has unveiled his latest venture for the UK government, which offers the public better access to official data.

A new website, data.gov.uk, will offer reams of public sector data, ranging from traffic statistics to crime figures, for private or commercial use.

The target is to kickstart a new wave of services that find novel ways to make use of the information.
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posted on Jan, 21 2010 @ 03:19 AM
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For sure somebody will find novel ways to use this information.

With the anouncement of Obama wants to stop conspiracy theorists it seems that they want to give with one hand and take away with the other.

Unless the data released is combed through, I feel sure that many will find little indiscrepencies that show the roots of problems furthering many more conspiracy theories.

They suggest this data is freely available under the FOI act so it only seems right to put it online. So why not put online all the other things that really matter to many instead of just the things that will help to "grow the economy"?

The USA already has such a site;

In the US, the Obama administration launched data.gov, which offers feeds from various departments including the US defence department and Nasa.


So where's the problem? Why do they feel it necesary to stop conspiracy theorists yet provide information freely, unless they are only allowing items they deem appropriate, which is, in itself, a conspiracy theory.


The site is part of a growing trend amongst governments to be more transparent with their data.

Are you quite sure about that? Aren't you just pandering those that really matter and diverting real issues away from the general public?

It's more propoganda again. A lot of "We're so good...look what we are allowing you to see for free"....


"It is a job that is never going to be entirely finished," said Prof Shadbolt. "Government is always collecting data."

We know... We know you are always collecting data. That's about the most free bit of information you'll really allow us. It's what you do with this information that is the problem here.

And what do you ensure is on the bottom line? Money, that's what;

"This is a tremendous opportunity for UK firms to secure better value for money in service delivery and to develop innovative services which will help to grow the economy," said Stephen Timms, Minister for Digital Britain.


This doesn't help people...this just helps you keep in control. This just helps the rich and powerful to stay that way.. this just wins you the votes you relly on.

Most people will not give a hoot about the vasy majority of data you will release on this site. It's almosty obvious that this is about money and business.. I cannot see how this will help the general public. It's all very well allowing people to know or provide info as to where pot holes in the road are, but our councils, and you, find it hard to keep these potholes filled.

You've barely got enough salt to grit our roads during the winter months..




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