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Which Country is closest to Your Utopia–in terms of MDGs

What if you could guide the destiny of our country. What if you could decide on the importance of various development choices we face as a country. Is infant mortality more important to you or health spending(as % of GDP) of the government. What will happen if you are given the choice of changing various policy options towards the achievement of the Millennium  Development Goals. What will you choose?

Well you see how your choices will workout and also find a list of countries which form the closest to your ideal priorities in achieving the MDGs. Go ahead and try this game at YourTopia – meaning Your UTOPIA. You will get a list of countries in descending order. Try this… it fun and enlightening.

yourtopia app

Yourtopia sums up human development according to your criteria. In a short quiz you choose how important different dimensions of development are to you, and the application calculates how countries do overall, according to your priorities.

Your personal measure of social progress calculated by Yourtopia makes tracking developments easy by combining large datasets into a single index.

With your anonymised quiz data you furthermore participate in constructing the world’s first multiple-dimension index of human development that overcomes the problem of arbitrary indicator-weighting and proxy choices through open public voting.

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Semantic web is the future and WordPress will help create it


WordPress may be the world’s most popular CMS as a long time user and enthusiast i was wondering that it was lacking on two counts. One is the semantic web front and the other is data storage and manipulation capabilities. One can easily imagine running a million pageviews a day website on WordPress like Mashable or TechCrunch. WordPress has covered a lot of ground by adding custom post types and custom taxonomy to reincarnate the blogging platform into a full fledged CMS.

Meanwhile other contenders in the open source CMS like Drupal and Joomla made considerable progress and created a niche for themselves. Drupal dominates the high end portals and websites, government websites and data intensive applications. Almost all of Open Data initiatives in US, UK, Norway and even in India are based on Drupal with special modules. We will running experiments on these platforms and report it at GovHash.

But the biggest strength of WordPress is the strong and passionate user community which keeps coming up with excellent solutions to solve problems. The team at InsideOut10 an italian startup has released WordLift which marries semantic web technology to WordPress. The Interactive Knowledge Stack (IKS) is the open source technology that is behind WordLift.

Now the real story is that WordLift is inviting beta-testers. If you are interested in testing how microdata can help machines understand and relate to your website/blog content then go here and join. I have signed up and hope to get invited. Stay tuned in to get more updates. Meanwhile you can watch this presentation to know more about the semantic possibilities. It is the future.