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The Weather Forecaster's Dilemma and GLD

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 14:29:18 -0700 (PDT)
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To: "public-egov-ig@w3.org" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Last Friday, the head of the National Weather Service lost his job.  I don't know him, never met him.  The allegation was that he was diverting funds between projects against the expressed wishes of Congress.  There was no suggestion of corruption, he was moving funds around to support his vision of the mission.

It would seem to me a good time for those of us who want to do Linked Data right to step up, not necessarily with a defense, but at least with an explanation of the circumstances and scientific motivation he may have had.  RDF did not get him sacked, but a misunderstanding of RDF helped, or to put it a different way, Linked Data integrity and Scientific integrity are close, but not quite the owl:same thing[1,2].   The US Congress's accounting for the Public Domain (56 Classes) [3] is incompatible with a Linked Data Identifier view (218 distinct Classes) [4].  Nevada has a large percentage of Federal Territory, so naturally a large percentage of the weather forecasting costs are for the "Federal Government good".  Ouch. 

I wouldn't want to put the GLD Chairs, DATA.GOV or NASA on the spot, but if there was a time to talk; now is it.  It would be a shame to perpetuate "The Weather Forecaster's Dilemma" by silence.  Or you can tell me to shut up and sit down because I'm wrong, but hopefully somebody would make you prove it :o)


[1] http://www.rustprivacy.org/2012/cctld/weathermans-dilemma.pdf
[2] http://www.rustprivacy.org/2012/cctld/weathermans-dilemma-classes.pdf
[3] http://www.rustprivacy.org/2012/cctld/US-by-CountyOne.xhtml
[4] http://www.rustprivacy.org/2012/cctld/US-by-CountyTwo.xhtml
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