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Re: The Weather Forecaster's Dilemma and GLD

From: John Erickson <olyerickson@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 09:11:11 -0400
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To: "public-egov-ig@w3.org" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Sorry: I'm having a hard time understanding the relevance of this.
I've read (or tried to) the attached PDFs and have taken the time to
read about Jack Hayes' resignation (cf <http://nyti.ms/KZm42q>
<http://bit.ly/KZm2Yv> <http://huff.to/JP41mf> etc) and still can't
see the connection to W3C eGov...

On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 5:29 PM, Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com> wrote:
> 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)
> --Gannon
> [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

John S. Erickson, Ph.D.
Director, Web Science Operations
Tetherless World Constellation (RPI)
<http://tw.rpi.edu> <olyerickson@gmail.com>
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