Parke Wilde raised an important issue on his U.S. Food Policy blog last week: As public data becomes more accessible, we should focus on ways to pull together disparate bodies of data.
The challenge, as Bill Allison put it on the Sunlight Foundation blog (where I found Parke’s post), is that “these disparate sets of data don't talk to one another.”
Dan Gillmor and his
Opening up data the way folks at the EWG, CSPAN and many
others are doing, makes it possible for masses of curious citizens to poke
around and expose government rottenness.
But to really get the masses poking around, the data needs to be highly accessible. One part of that is being able to pull together similar, separate bodies of information