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First off, the OAuth is no longer busted! Second, I initially felt much the same way as you. I happen to think that digitally archiving and publishing government data that is already "public domain" should be such an obvious job of the government that it shouldn't even be questioned. However, the problem is that money is being pulled from these programs, because they don't seem important to policy-makers or the people who've elected them. Regardless of their civic importance, these programs need to figure out ways to appeal to a wider swath of people, not necessarily by having a flashy website, but at least generating more obviously important apps or projects built on their data. Otherwise, how will they get funded?
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Apr 5, 2011