Tale of two views: Public and Private stimulus spending tracking sites

The New York Times has a profile on the "Big Man" tasked with monitoring spending for the US recovery bill. The article talks about both recovery.govĀ (a government run site) and Stimulus Watch (a private site). As you can see from the images below, the difference in level of detail and speed of posting is staggering. … Continue reading Tale of two views: Public and Private stimulus spending tracking sites

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Next open idea: Participatory Research

Provide technology and communications tools to allow crowdsourcing of research and data collection. Today's crowdsourcing efforts tend to be systems where the public can come to a site and help solve problems or contribute computer time per SETI@home or the World Community Grid. In many cases, the help that is needed in in data collection. … Continue reading Next open idea: Participatory Research