Data is more important than ever to businesses, citizens and policymakers, but the government's about to shut down a major data source.
In 2008, American fishermen caught 7.25 trillion pounds of fish. Of that haul, 493 million pounds consisted of flounder, which I can recommend prepared in a cream sauce.
Fish statistics are not data you need everyday, but if you have a business interest in the fish world, are concerned about over-fishing, or simply want a peek at the machinations of commerce that surround us every day, access to that data is important. But now the government is set to stop publishing a massive amount of publicly collected data, and time is running out for you and the businesses and researchers who rely on the information to do anything about it.