Systems Engineering and RDBMS

Transparency and Data.gov

Posted by decipherinfosys on June 14, 2009

Yesterday, we had talked about the power of data and how it can be used to make intelligent decisions.  In these turbulent times, there is an evergrowing need for the companies to be transparent to their shareholders.  We had blogged about it before when we were covering the news about the possibility of the broker vote going away.  The Obama government has been taking a very similar stance to provide the public visibility into the &787 billion stimulus that it is providing to revive the economy.  There is an excellent article on internetevolution.com that talks about it in detail:

http://www.internetevolution.com/document.asp?doc_id=176439

Read the article in its entirety.  It is very well written and talks about the different initiatives taken by the department of federal CIO Vivek Kundra.  One other step that the government has taken is to provide the information via their site data.gov.  This site is intended for the businesses as well as fellow US citizens to be able to search the large data sets of government information.   Right now though, it is not aimed at the casual home user.  The aim of the site seems to be to provide the raw data as well as some online tools for helping with the data consumption and analysis.  Their build by collaboration approach is excellent since it not only gives the much needed transparency and helps restore the faith of the people, it also will pave the way to incorporate the great ideas from the public.  Time will tell though whether it proves to be a successful project or another one where a lot of money is spent but returns are not as they were envisaged to be.  But the efforts that this government has taken and continues to take are indeed praiseworthy.

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