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June 30th, 2010

Help us request oil spill-related data from BP!

Google is teaming up with PBS NewsHour to take you to BP headquarters in Houston for an exclusive interview with Bob Dudley, President and CEO of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. In a live session moderated by the PBS NewsHour’s Ray Suarez, Mr. Dudley will respond directly to questions from the public.

Instead of offering up standard questions about BP’s actions that they will simply ignore or dodge, we at TEDxOilSpill want to put together a solid, cohesive request for very specific sets of data that would help better understand and visualize the scope of this disaster. With better data, we can be more informed about what action should be taken in the Gulf, and this is an opportunity to make that request in a way BP will have trouble refusing.

Our goal is to put together a list of the top-5 datasets that we ask the respective data owners to release to the public.

But we don’t have much time! The BP Q&A with Google Moderator will be happening tomorrow, Thursday July 1 and questions will only be accepted until 3:30pm ET. The sooner we have the question up and can point BP to a page with the request for this data, the more likely it will be that they will answer.

Please send an e-mail to with your ideas for data that would be beneficial to you.

You can also submit a question directly to Google here.

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June 28, 2010
Washington, DC