Happy Space Race Day!

In deference to the title of this blog, my consulting company, and my profession - Happy Space Race Day! Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Sputnik launch - proving that we could achieve at least Low-Earth Orbit (and that it wasn't full of scary space monsters)

Of course, besides very brief forays to nearby celestial bodies we have relegated ourselves to primary the same orbit we reached 50 years ago.

Here's to hoping we have the vision and execution to go back to deeper space - both for knowledge and to spread ourselves into more than one basket. :)

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.