Which is half an excuse to post something else found recently via the Guardian's Data Blog (btw does anyone in the US do anything near as good as that?).
From computing.co.uk dead on about something some of us dedicate a large part of our professional and avocational efforts on improving. See: Free state data initiative goes local, Local authorities to put health, education, crime and public spending data online.
and a corollary.. Meta-transparency!! Online information assessing how local governments (in the UK that is) do at data transparency.
I am so depressed. I feel like I live in a cave. Or trying to use VisiCalc on a TRS80.