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Re: Oil spills, hurricanes, et al

From: Adrian Walker <adriandwalker@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 14:27:37 -0400
Message-ID: <AANLkTim6UIOlHAfrNwTxEyEaHft234aZpCnigKUQxakE@mail.gmail.com>
To: Mike Norton <xsideofparadise@yahoo.com>
Cc: public-egov-ig@w3.org
Hi Mike,

You may be interested in the following for the purpose you describe  --
Social Media for Knowledge Acquisition and Question Answering in Executable
English (and other languages).

This starts from the observation that data by itself is necessary, but not
enough, for many practical uses of an intranet or the Web.

What's also needed is knowledge about how to use the data to answer an ever
increasing number of questions -- such as, "How much could the US save
through energy independence?".

There's emerging technology that can leverage social networking for the
significant task of acquiring and curating the necessary knowledge -- in the
form of Executable English.

You can Google "Executable English" to find this.

The technology underlies a Web site that works as a kind of Wiki, for
collaborative content in open vocabulary, executable English (and other

As you know, English text (like this sentence) is normally something for a
person to read, but it cannot be used as a program that you can run on a

On the other hand, executable English is something that a person can read,
and that you can also run on a computer.

Shared use of the system is free, and there are no advertisements.  Just
point a browser to www.reengineeringllc.com .

Since the executable knowledge is in English, Google indexes and retrieves
it, acting  as a kind of registry.

You and your colleagues can use your browsers to write programs as
syllogism-like rules in English, run them, and get detailed English
explanations of the results.

Applications of the system include: Answering Questions about the US
Financial Stimulus Package, Risk Analysis, Reasoning over Taxonomies,
Knowledge Based Data Mining, Business Intelligence, and Supply Chain
Management. Please see [1-6].

To use the system there is nothing to install.  Simply point your browser to
the site below, to run the examples provided, and to write and run your own

As mentioned, shared use of the system is free. There is no advertising.

So, imagine government and other web sites being able to answer an open
ended collection of English questions,  and also explaining the answers in
English.  Imagine government folks and citizens socially networking,
Wikipedia-style, to continually expand the range of questions that can be

Apologies if you have seen this technology before, and thanks for your

                          -- Adrian

[1] www.reengineeringllc.com/demo_agents/Stimulus_Arkansas.agent



[4] www.reengineeringllc.com/ibldrugdbdemo1.htm   (Flash video with audio)

[5] www.reengineeringllc.com/EnergyIndependence1Video.htm  (Flash video with

[6] Internet Business Logic
A Wiki and SOA endpoint for Executable English
Online at www.reengineeringllc.com
Shared use is free, and there are no advertisements

Adrian Walker
Phone: USA 860 830 2085

On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 10:16 PM, Mike Norton <xsideofparadise@yahoo.com>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.   Thoughts?
> Michael A. Norton
Received on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 18:28:11 UTC

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