by Ian Rosoff
I don’t know what the numbers are on the raw tonnage of data the various government agencies generate every year, but it’s so large and complicated that finding anything across the myriad of .gov sites available for perusal is a daunting task. So the White House’s new Digital Government initiative is a promising idea. Basically the plan is to consolidate the information created by the government and make it more accessible to developers and ordinary constituents. This reform is sorely needed. For example, there is a .gov for Marine Corps, Marine Mammal Commission, and Maritime Administration and that’s just the start of the marine based sites. The Digital Government initiative is an important step not only in simplifying the government’s online presence, but also in stimulating economic growth.