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Learn from the UK. Open up data sources in South Asia

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Thanks to Isa Daudpota I learnt of this excellent initiative.

Professors lead development of Government’s one-stop shop for data

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt from the School of Electronics and Computer Science, Southampton University, were given a special role by Prime Minister Gordon Brown to help transform public access to Government information. They played a key role in the development of the new data.gov.uk web site that was launched by the Government in January.

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Rehabilitate the state

Courtesy The Guardian World News by Roy Hattersley on 8/21/09

Those who decry ‘big government’ soon realise how much we need it when things go wrong

Seventy-six years after the New Deal eased America out of depression, United States congressmen – Democrats as well as Republicans – are rejecting President Obama’s healthcare plans on a matter of principle. Many were opposed to him bailing out the banks for the same reason. They believe government initiatives that influence the conduct of the economy and the welfare of ordinary citizens are, by definition, wrong. The more literate of them quote Thoreau. “The government is best which governs least.” The more rabid support another of their countrymen, John O’Sullivan, who simply asserted: “All government is evil.” The theory those 19th-century luminaries propagated is supported by an increasing number of people on this side of the Atlantic. Indeed, patriots will claim it originated here with Magna Carta. Continue reading

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