links for 2009-03-10

  • Kevin: UK public data hackday shows how much that can be done with publicly available data in the UK in just eight hours. The (r)evolution will be fueled by beer and pizza.
  • Kevin: The New York Times calls on the US Senate to join the House of Representatives and the presidential candidates in submitting "timely electronic filing of donations". President Barack Obama is on the hunt for cost-savings by improving the efficiency in government. Here's a way to save the US taxpayer some dough. Instead of filing the donation information electronically like other parts of the US government, the Senate's "own computerized information is first printed out onto paper, which is then sent in sheaves to clerks to be re-entered ever so slowly into a different computer system." Democracy and government efficiency FAIL.