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Oil spills, hurricanes, et al

From: Mike Norton <xsideofparadise@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 19:54:24 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <72887.88530.qm@web82406.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
To: public-egov-ig@w3.org
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.   Thoughts?
Michael A. Norton

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