Hello. My name is Derry ODell. I first founded GoMetricAmerica as a facebook page to create a community of metrication advocates and to allow for discussion relating to educating the American public about SI and to promote increased metric usage in daily situations. Twitter was another choice of mine to promote metric usage, thanks to the use of hashtags. I came into contact with alot of SI supporters just from the use of a few hashtags. However, I wanted to create a site more flexible and would allow more organized discussions, which is why I am currently working on the website for GoMetricAmerica. The big goal for this website is to coordinate efforts with other metric sites/groups to promote metric usage to the American public. Comments/ideas/feedback are always welcome.
Metric is the standard of global trade, education, math, medicine, and science. Having a uniform set of measurements in the USA would greatly reduce costs for manufacturers as packaging sizes would be in line with international standards. In education, our students would only have to learn one set of measurements, metric preventing confusion created by conversion among two different units. In medicine, metric units are preferred as they allow little room for error, such as the smaller unit of mL vs the larger imperial unit, ounces. In math, the SI units are easier to adapt to vs fractions as this unit is decimal based. Often, all that is needed while using metric in mathmatic calculations, is to simply move the decimal point over a few spaces. Science, like medicine, also requires accuracy, and units such as meters, liters, milliliters, kilometers, grams, and kilograms can provide a good basis for determining weight, mass and volume as they can be interworked with each other, such as meters into kilometers, grams to kilograms, and milliliters to liters.
"The metric system is for all people, for all time."