On Corrections: Why fixing the rough draft of history matters

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Last week, Slate published my article on a recent executive order on open data issued by President Obama. Unfortunately, it contained an error, which has since been corrected.
After an alert reader commented on the article, I responded with a clarification of the history. That didn’t address the integrity of the article itself, however, and since the editors had heard from another reader, I sent in a correction.
Unfortunately, I elided a rich and compelling history into a few short sentences and apologize for any misunderstanding that readers of the syndicated version may take away. I regret the error.
I ran the correction by Craig Silverman, of Poynter’s excellent “Regret the Error” blog, who generally gave high marks to the approach taken here and suggested that I tweet it out. (Done.)
For those interested in the backstory and some thoughts on corrections, read on.
Originally, the…

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The world is full…

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

This world is full of wild and thirsty things

skin and bones and muscles
feathers on black wingssoft petals on pink flowers
and stem and branch and leafwaiting on the cool rain
waiting for the greenThis world is full of a sneaking kind of goldyou can find it on horizons
can’t be bought or held or sold and only in the morning
or at the perfect time of night
welcoming a new day
setting up the lightThis world is filled with the most peculiar soundscroaks and sighs and wails
and squeaks coming from the ground and up above a whistle
and from the hills a lonesome cry and I wonder if the calling
is hellos or sad goodbyesThis world is full of wonder and moments to be brave and moments to remember
why we’re here and why we came and moments to be…

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Co-working, Job Creation, and Innovative vs Replicative Businesses

David Cummings on Startups

At the Atlanta Tech Village we’ve had a number economic development agencies come through for a tour. As a new initiative for Atlanta and the Southeast, there’s a significant amount of interest and curiosity. Several of the economic development people have mentioned how they’re working on co-working space for startups in their own cities and neighborhoods.

Co-working space is great for the freelancer and entrepreneur starting a business, but there’s another, more important issue not being addressed: innovative vs replicative businesses. Not all companies are created equal. Most companies are replicative businesses where they are replicating something that is already well defined and a known quantity, like a law firm or accounting firm. Innovative businesses, on the other hand, are building something new and trying something that hasn’t been done before. With innovation comes a high rate of failure, but also an opportunity for net new jobs due to being…

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