Now that I have your attention, I note with interest that the Obama administration is now providing us with everything we ever wanted to now about the skin color and sex of U.S. farmers but were afraid to ask.
The president through his budget director demanded last year that all government agencies provide "three high-value datasets" online in an "open format" on data.gov by Friday January 22, 2010. The Agriculture department has responded with the "2007 Census of Agriculture Race, Ethnicity, and Gender".
I didn't download the txt/csv file that contained the data but I am almost certain that this data involves the sex and the skin color of the farmers and not the animals. Other "open formats" apparently supported on the data.gov include Microsoft (MSFT) .xls, the W3C's Extensible Markup Lanuage (XML), Google's (GOOG) Keyhole Markup Language (KML)/KSV, and Shapefile. Those are open enough by my market-centric definition of standarization but I am not sure open-standards purists would agree. Where is Sun's (JAVA) Open Document Format (ODF)? Apparently aware that that might be an issue, the Obamanistas did not include Microsoft's .xls in its catalog's logo although it did show Google's KML.
Speaking about purity, if you're prudish about such things as farmer sex, race and ethnicity there is a feed grains database (also from the Department of Agriculture), t
The budget director's memo itself was formated in Adobe (ADBE) .pdf, one of about a dozen "open formats" recognized by the International Standards Organization.
-- Dennis Byron