Ordinary Experts

Here’s a post by Aneesh Chopra (US Chief Technology Officer) and Shelley Metzenbaum (Office of Management and Budget) that both describes and links to what they’re tentatively calling “ExpertNet” — an interesting name for something that is justified in terms of finding “new ways of tapping the knowledge and experience of ordinary Americans.” It’s also an interesting contrast with the Republicans’ prominent tool for engaging the US public: YOUCUT — which incidentally is now targeting NSF awards (take that, expert peers!).

So, here’s the question: what is the status of expertise in the US today? Perhaps we need to add an opinion poll to the blog ….

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