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Re: National Dialogue to Improve Federal Web Sites

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 17:29:26 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <1316478566.50869.YahooMailNeo@web112610.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
To: Tim McNamara <paperless@timmcnamara.co.nz>
Cc: Sharron Rush <srush@knowbility.org>, "W3C eGov Interest Group \(All\)" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Sure Tim.  Hyper-technically, Time Zones, Pole to Pole, mask the variation in the duration of sunlight between a Pole and the equator.  IT can identify the boundaries for Policy Makers, and I think it's high time we did.

Google's 'addition trick' to smooth over leap seconds actually dates from the 16th Century or so, and the formalization of Finance.  Leap Days cause the same problem for Banking as Leap Seconds cause for Computer Networks.  The methods of Integral Calculus push all Leap Days to the end of time.  So Economic Policy can be based upon more sophisticated maths, but only if time is the sole parameter, and time is a function of longitude.  Social Policy is based upon other parameters: seasonal farm work, for example, which depend upon latitude.  Networks can be manipulated, but humans can't be taught to do without sleep.  A sustainable Social and Economic Policy must view each citizen with two roles, producer and consumer.  This is a doubly important (security) consideration when gadgets, for play, and tools, for work connect to the same network.


From: Tim McNamara <paperless@timmcnamara.co.nz>
To: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Cc: Sharron Rush <srush@knowbility.org>; W3C eGov Interest Group (All) <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 4:31 PM
Subject: Re: National Dialogue to Improve Federal Web Sites


Are you able to please expand on what you mean by longitudinal and
latitudinal? You seem to be using those terms in a technical sense
that I'm unfamiliar with.

On 20 September 2011 04:24, Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi Sharron,
> Your "National Dialog" link doesn't work.
> I'd like to make a general comment about the nature of Government Data:
> 1. Data can be persistent or predictive.  Cutting waste is not defunding
> with the one you aren't using that particular moment.  Open Data and Linked
> Data both refer to the study of the behavior of both predictive and
> persistent types.
> 2. Economic data is longitudinal.  Every millisecond receives a great deal
> of attention [1].  Data useful for Public Policy is
 latitudinal.  It
> receives almost no attention [2].  For example, Arizona does not observe
> Daylight Saving Time and yet Mexico City does.  This is a Labor Policy
> issue, not an Economic Policy issue.  My point is simply that the use of
> Economic Policy as a one-size-fits-all substitute for Public Policy is not a
> viable Technology Policy.
> [1]
> http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/time-technology-and-leaping-seconds.html
> [2] http://tinyurl.com/white-nights-forever
> ________________________________
> From: Sharron Rush <srush@knowbility.org>
> To: W3C eGov Interest Group
 (All) <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
> Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2011 10:00 PM
> Subject: National Dialogue to Improve Federal Web Sites
> As part of President Obama's Campaign to Cut Waste, the federal government
> has launched an initiative to streamline and improve agency websites.  From
> an accessibility standpoint, this is terrific news and a welcome effort!
> But from an Open Data persepctive, it's a great opportunity as well.
> Leaders of the gov Reform Task Force  have invited citizen Catalysts -
> including Annetta Cheek, Craig Newmark, Steve Krug, Vanessa Fox, Lee Vann,
> Ed Mullen, Candi Harrison and others - to "spur and deepen the discussion."
> In other words, they want all of us to encourage peers from specific
> communities of online practice to contribute to open, honest
> Discussions will lead to improvements in the usefulness of web sites and web
> based services of US Federal government agencies.   The Task Force really
> wants to hear from citizens about what we need and what we want from dot gov
> domains.  For two weeks, starting Monday, September 19, at 2 p.m. ET and
> closing on Friday September 30th, the task force will conduct The National
> Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites.  Catalyst participants listed above
> will lead a series of discussions on various specific aspects of the
> redesign challenge.  Your voices are needed.
> Best,
> Sharron
Received on Tuesday, 20 September 2011 00:30:05 UTC

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