Monthly Archives: October, 2013

Government Shutdown => Data Devolution

Many critical government websites that deliver data are offline due to the self-inflicted crisis of the government shutdown.  The Census, National Center for Education Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many others are down.  I am already seeing the students impacted by this, and I can only imagine the hidden cost of the bad decisions currently being made on the basis of inadequate information.

Further proof of the U.S.’s backpedaling away from developed world status, IMO.  I would hope some sanity is restored before we are all the way back in a state of nature, because as we know…

“In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” (Hobbes, Leviathan)

Knowledge (Census and others), the account of time (NIST), arts and letters (Library of Congress) are already temporarily blotted out.   You can monitor further loss of content on this page from U of Wisconsin Data and Information Services.