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Obama's CIO Kundra says the UK's Data.gov is groovy like the Beatles, or something

January 21, 2010 | 12:54 pm

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If the Beatles are bigger than Jesus, as John Lennon claimed in 1966, then is Data.gov bigger than both of them?

No, but the Beatles were apparently the best comparison to the UK's new Internet project that White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra could come up with.

To mark the launch of Britain's own version of Data.gov -- the website that makes various national statistics available in standard computer formats -- Kundra published a post on the White House blog titled "They Gave Us The Beatles, We Gave Them Data.gov."

"The Federal Government does not have a monopoly on the best ideas," Kundra writes. "We are pleased to see that other governments share the administration's philosophy that data availability will help change how government operates and empower citizens to participate in making government services more effective, accessible and transparent."

You know, like the Beatles.

Canada, can you please launch your own version of Data.gov, so Kundra can sarcastically say, "They gave us Celine Dion (really, thanks a lot for that one) ....."

-- Mark Milian

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Photo: Vivek Kundra. Credit: CKramer via Flickr

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