Did you know that while we were twisting our hands over the economy, health care, and elections, a Bill was passed called the National Indicators Act? It is an effort on behalf of the National Academy of Scientists and The State of the USA non-profit. Their goal? To develop a website with quantitative data on indicators about the US to help the public and lawmakers understand where we are as a nation. Why is this important? Find out:
According to The State of the USA:
When it is officially launched as a public service to the American people, the State of the USA website will provide access to the best available facts drawn from the country's most respected statistical sources, including official government agencies. The site's tools will enable Americans to discover, understand and share information across the Web through distributed publishing, social networking and other state-of-the-art techniques.
Now Wikipedia has been and will continue to be one of the most intriguing globally collaborative efforts in the World. But for academic papers, fact-checking efforts, and instant credible statistics information, this site has the makings of something truly revolutionary.
So why are we so excited? Well, can you imagine being able to easily sort through all of the green retrofits, rebates, and statistics out there? How much solar power is in use in the United States today? How many LEED certified buildings have been constructed to date? Its stated goal is to "deepen our factual knowledge and understanding fo the country's most pressing issues," which is pretty powerful.
Once it is finished, what statistics would you look up?
(Image: State of the USA)