It's time to do some connecting of the dots. What do the US Government, Apple's iPad, the floor of the Pacific Ocean, the new HTML standard for Web pages, and the City of Plattsburgh have in common? Hint: it's something about data. Here are some URLs we'll probably be talking about on The Roundtable on Tuesday.
It's not just data at data.gov. The emphasis is on machine-readable data (think CSV, XML, KML, and SHP), tools (in all sizes--even wallet cards), and geodata. And the invitation is for people not just to browse the data but to combine and transform it into a variety of uses.
Related to data.gov is search.usa.gov which is exactly what the name implies. Try out the image search.
Check out the storage capacity of the new iPad line. The quality of the text and images is phenomenal, but what's going to fill those iPads? Apple is focusing on content now--rumors abound and will be revealed (or debunked) when the product ships on April 3.
Floor of the Pacific Ocean
Google is expected to announce completion of a fast Internet cable from the U.S. to Japan this week. Google will get 20% of the total capacity for its needs -- which are vast. CNET reports the project cost a mere $300 million.
Data Centers in Plattsburgh?
Vast amounts of data, new places to store it, new ways to retrieve it, and new things to do with it using standards-compliant software that is often open source... What will we see next? No one knows for sure, but the invitations are out there. data.gov asks people to share their mashups and other uses of data. Google is offering to provide very high-speed Internet to selected communities to see what they will do with it. And Apple is searching for an Independent Publisher Account Manager for iBookstore -- the job description includes