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April 28, 2009

Encourage semantic technologies at Recovery.gov

I’ve worked off and on in the past will Mills Davis and Brand Niemann of the U.S. EPA in looking at ways that Semantic Web technologies can benefit the U.S. federal government. We’ve got another chance to make a case for this this week.

Currently, the folks behind recovery.gov are hosting one week of open dialogue of IT approaches for exposing data about the U.S. stimulus package in an open and transparent fashion.

Needless to say, there are many calls for XML and Web Services-based approaches. In my opinion, these are fine and are definitely better than not having the data available at all. But I also think this dialogue gives those of us who believe in the transformative power of Semantic Web technologies a chance to speak in their favor.

Mills and I have submitted three ideas to the dialogue. I’d love it if you took a look at them, and if you think they’re good ideas, please indicate your support by voting and leaving a comment. I’d also love to hear from anyone else who is participating in the dialogue!