The Obama administration’s efforts to foster openness and public engagement took a giant leap forward this week with the announcement of data.gov, making data from across the U.S. government readily available from a single portal. This will be an incredible tool for those interested in measuring how governments actually perform and should be a standard part of every government’s web offering… *cough*Canada*cough*
We also saw interesting new data in Scientific American’s Global Biotechnology Ranking. Canada ranked in the top 10 for IP protection and intensity of biotechnology activity proportionate to population, but didn’t quite make the top 10 overall.
I spent the week gathering data (and business cards) at BIO’s 2009 conference in Atlanta where I blogged about the Technology Transfer Breakfast and the Ontario Premier’s Breakfast. I also semi-live blogged the Wednesday Keynote Panel on Health Reform, which featured Karl Rove, Tom Daschle, Bill Frist and Howard Dean.