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FAQ

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FAQs:

 

  1. Hi! Who are you?
  2. What is citability?
  3. Why is it important?
  4. Who is helping?
  5. Why are they helping?
  6. What do they gain from helping?
  7. What tools are they using?
  8. How can I help? 
  9. Basis on what the aim of the project
  10. Backgrounds of the people are involved.
  11. Why are they involved.
  12. WHy the tech stuff/
  13. Goals of the project
  14. What the information sources are.
  15. More transparent to transparency or
  16. How do you go about doing that.
  17. How does it benefit me, as a public member.
  18. What does it cost
  19. But why you? Let the government do it! 

 

 

01) Hi! Who are you?

 

We are Legion! Just kidding. But barely just. We are a concerned group of people who what the information put out by the government to be more easily accessed than it already is.

 

 

02) What is citiability?

 

The ability to cite stuff. Or more specifically, a citation is a reference to a published or unpublished source (not always the original source).... A prime purpose of a citation is intellectual honesty; to attribute to other authors the ideas they have previously expressed, rather than give the appearance to the work's readers that the work's authors are the original wellsprings of those ideas. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citation)

 

 

03) Why is it important?

 

Because we said so! How many times have you written down or emailed a link to a friend, only to have that link disappear before your friend could see it? Now imagine trying to do research with public data and having the data disappear before your paper has a chance to be published. Or even try to make public policy changes with data that no longer backs up your main proposal.  That would make you look somewhat foolish, and frankly, is just plain annoying.

 

 

04) Who is helping?

 

We are Legion. We don't need help. Just kidding. 

 

 

05) Why are they helping?

 

Because. Just kidding. 

 

 

06) What do they gain from helping?

 

Rewards in heaven. Just kidding. 

 

 

07) What tools are they using?

 

Whatever we get. Just kidding. 

 

 

08) How can I help?

Send money. Just kidding.

 

 

09) Basis on what the aim of the project

 

Just kidding. 

 

 

10) Backgrounds of the people are involved.

 

Just kidding. 

 

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Backgrounds of the people are involved. Why are they involved. WHy the tech stuff/ Goals of the project What the information sources are. More transparent to transparency or How do you go about doing that. How does it benefit me, as a public member. What does it cost But why you? Let the government do it! 

 

 

Comments (3)

Jack Twilley said

at 6:16 pm on Aug 12, 2009

What about the competition?

There are companies that exist to supply a limited form of this service. Examples include Quality Code Publishing which hosts the municipal code for Sunnyvale, CA, at http://qcode.us/codes/sunnyvale/ and LexisNexis which hosts the municipal code for Los Altos Hills, CA, at http://municipalcodes.lexisnexis.com/codes/losaltoshills/. It's likely that jurisdictions with contracts with firms like these will be unable to formally participate in this project -- what's the workaround?

Silona Bonewald said

at 6:51 pm on Aug 12, 2009

let's add this as at http://citability.pbworks.com/Discussions-and-Questions ? cause I was unaware of this! but this certainly doesn't sound very transparent of them :-)

Jack Twilley said

at 6:57 pm on Aug 12, 2009

If that's where it belongs, then by all means! There's also http://citability.pbworks.com/Possibleproblemsandsolutions (didn't see that before posting my comment) but either one works for me.

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