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Energy.gov not useful?

2012-01-27 15:28:26.222274+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Energy.gov: where information goes to die. Dawn Stover goes seeking information on Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository on the Energy.gov web site, comes up with some problems.

Open data is hard for a lot of reasons, but I think a big one is that so many people still don't get the web. PDFs have slowed down the process of building useful electronic documents a whole hell of a lot, and learning how to move beyond the paper world into data even as minimally structured as HTML is something that eludes many web publishers.

It's a whole new mind set, and as anyone who's tried to navigate newspaper web sites effectively can tell you, something that people mired in the old processes are not coming over to easily.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-01-27 20:24:39.603851+00 by: petronius

It's not just old media types. Have you ever read a story in Hufffington Post, then tried to return to it a few hours later? Its nearly impossible. Part of the problem, besides their shovel-the-stuff-by-the-ton editorial policy, is they constantly change the title of the piece. Its as iff the story exists for a few minutes, so catch it while you can.

the other strange thing at HuffPo is the vertiginous comment sections. You will come on some breaking story half and hour old and they have 1100 comments already. I often wonder what Arainna plans to do with all that energy, besides continue to count the money she got out of AOL.