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RE: Oil spills, hurricanes, et al

From: Webb, KerryA <KerryA.Webb@act.gov.au>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:12:18 +1000
Message-ID: <6728FC12ECED9547862D3B4261FBCE0016335BF5@cal067.act.gov.au>
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Michael wrote:


Hullo eGov IG,


Isn't this Interest Group the perfect springboard for the development of
an emergency response web browser and supporting net architecture?   


The technology seems to be here, that which can build a scalable
browser--for citizens, local governments, federal governments, and
corporations & contractors--to help us navigate collectively through an
effected region such as the Gulf of Mexico during an emergency such as
this latest oil spill.   It seems that machine-readable languages could
be scaled to reason between corporate information & resources and public
information & resources, which could present to all of us a clearer
picture of the tasks and actions that need to be completed in order to
restore a region to its full potential.  


Am I being too idealistic to believe that you are capable of helping
construct such a framework that is supported nationally, and proactively
internationally & locally?   Utilizing the example of the latest oil
spill, I envision emergency workers utilizing a unique browser capable
of aggregating data from not only bp.com, but bp.epa, bp.hhs, bp.fema,
and bp.mms (the latter, a top level entity for the Minerals and
Management Service).   This data would then be scaled to regions and
with contractor websites, with SEC (bp.sec) and with Commerce (pb.doc)
and ultimately bp.doj or bp.law.   The results would be more
transparency, swifter course of action and recourse of action, and
assurance via the web that is unprecedented.  Free market gurus would be
satisfied as these kind of attributes--transparency, accountability, and
assurance--fuel competitive markets.  It seems to me that times like
this--of large, worldwide disasters--could be the ideal times during
which a group like this IG takes action to reach a better solution.



I don't think idealism is the issue.  Why would "we" want to create a
specific browser which would then have to be deployed, updated etc.


Why not use the existing commodity browsers and have a website doing the


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