scio10: Protocols: Gov’t 2.0

Anil Dash (first employee at SixApart (movabletype), long time blogger).

Milestone – there’s a blog on the White House website. Made statement that federal gov’t interest and use of new media – most interesting startup 2009. So then he set out to make it true.

Gov’t picks experts, brings them in, listens to them for a bit in a closed door session, and then they go home. How can this be done more transparently using online tools. Expert Labs – part of AAAS.


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Gov’t bureaucracy has huge impact on science and technology innovation and use. Needs to be some translation.

We’ve spent a lot of effort on opening up science, put information online, and make it available – then what happens?  What is the goal we’re trying to enable? Implications of open publishing and how that changes society? Will what gets done with open access/open science be a matter of hoping for the best or can we help shape what happens?

Across the spectrum – things about getting data out there – Sunlight Foundation,, PLoS, National Lab Day.

Get the data to us, we’ll do the analysis – don’t just give us the ground beef (to paraphrase Dorothea, which he didn’t)

He believes that within 2-3 years gov’t sponsored data will be open access. (i’ll take a bet on that, unfortunately).

q from science sofa – how to find experts, how do you judge expertise

a: don’t provide credentials, looking at the web at successful communities that also support diversity. what if we let in the rabble – if we have a community that works well, it will help organize and compile a lot of responses to a few prevailing opinions. Also, a lot of the questions actually have answers – we just need help connecting to them.

q: why not limit experts to editors of sci journals

me: WHAT??? a: well not all the questions are about science, we have an obligation of being inclusive.

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