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Defragmenting the Stimulus: 5 easy steps to take Recovery.gov to the next level

Courtesy of http://www.intelliadmin.com/blog/archive/2006_09_01_archive.htmlBrady Forrest at O’Reilly Radar recently blogged about the plethora of options for mapping the stimulus package’s investments. A few states and government agencies have created their own mapping portals, and a few software makers have pulled some of the stimulus data into their own tools. Considering the inaccessibility of public data before the Obama administration, these are all a huge step.

But each site has its own silo of data, and no site is complete. What we need is a unified point of access to all sources of information: firsthand reports from Recovery.gov and state portals, commentary from StimulusWatch and MetaCarta, and more. The trend toward information liquidity has prompted web tools for fields as different as human services and social networking to allow data to flow freely between different silos. The federal government can use this same paradigm to turn Recovery.gov into a radical tool for transparency.

With already-existing technology, the federal government could easily revolutionize Recovery.gov in just a few steps:

A comprehensive map of all the stimulus projects, everywhere, from first-hand sources (i.e. the government agencies funding them) would yield a truly transparent and informative look at American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments, and allow the public to easily evaluate the effectiveness of the projects it’s paying for. The fact that all of these different micro-portals exist clearly illustrates that the technology to create a comprehensive map exists. Like with most projects, the issue isn’t that the technology doesn’t exist — it’s making the vision a reality.

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Dale Dietrich said on :

Geo-spacial recovery mashups! What a great idea!

Paul Robb said on :

I think it would be awsome for the private sector to track and grade the stimulus,,,,,,,,but alas,then we would get an idea of just how our tax money is being squandered. Therein lies the rub.

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[…] Defragmenting the Stimulus: 5 easy steps to take Recovery.gov to the next level | Analysis & Com… A few states and government agencies have created their own mapping portals, and a few software makers have pulled some of the stimulus data into their own tools. Considering the inaccessibility of public data before the Obama administration, these are all a huge step. […]

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