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‘EveryPolitician’ provides open data on parliaments around the globe

EveryPolitician, an aptly named new project from Poplus and mySociety, has a simple yet arduous mission: collect and share data about every single politician in the world. It’s a bold initiative, but the project is well on its way to

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What are APIs? Why they matter and how to use them

(Graphic credit: Kate Hudson for the Data Journalism Handbook/Flickr) If you work with data, you’ve heard the three-letter initialism before. If you don’t, you’ve almost certainly seen others reference them in the context of powering data visualizations or listed as

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Meet the opengov champions that are kicking off TransparencyCamp 2015

Sunlight’s annual unconference, TransparencyCamp, is right around the corner on Sept. 11-12! (If you haven’t registered yet, make sure you grab your tickets!) We couldn’t be more excited to host the open government community here in D.C. to chat how

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Jackson, Miss., becomes first What Works city to sign executive order on open data

Mayor Tony Yarber signs the open data executive order in Jackson, Miss. In a huge step forward for transparency in the city of Jackson, Miss., Mayor Tony Yarber has today signed an executive order that will create an open data

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OpenGov Voices: Bringing understanding and engagement to public budgets

Chris Adams, president of Engaged Public Creating a budget is one of the most important tasks of government, but citizens are more disconnected than ever from the public budgets that direct large chunks of their personal income and pay for

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OpenGov Voices: Richmond’s new open data portal a good start, but more work needed

Tom Nash, journalist and FOIA agitator The city of Richmond, Va., recently unveiled an open data portal that gives people access to important data that had long languished in dark corners of its website. Everything from crime data to property

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WhoFishesFAR brings open data and accountability to illegal fishing

An illegal fishing vessel from Gabon. (Photo credit: National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) While open data is at the center of what we do at the Sunlight Foundation, our emphasis has always been in the context of monitoring the influence

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OpenGov Voices: Using open data to analyze crime in New Orleans

Jeff Asher, founder of Jeff Asher Consulting and author of the Behind the Numbers blog. Open data has positioned the world of crime analysis for a leap forward in much the same way that sabermetrics has revolutionized baseball over the

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Sunlight announces new project to foster greater transparency in Ukraine

The flag of Ukraine. (Photo credit: skhakirov/Flickr) Since the Euromaidan revolution shook up Ukraine in late 2014, we at Sunlight have been closely following how the transition has changed citizen expectations of political accountability and the heightened demand to eradicate

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Attention campers: Your opengov ideas are needed for TCamp15!

A TCamp attendee peruses the Wall, which lists the official schedule of sessions. (Photo credit: Sunlight Foundation/Flickr) What sorts of ideas and issues will be discussed, analyzed and debated at TransparencyCamp this year? You decide! As an “unconference,” TCamp is

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