Screenshot of Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Data Portal (Photo credit: Connecticut Data Collaborative)   Sunlight’s criminal justice project is in the process of creating a catalog of criminal justice data nationwide. So far, we have collected metadata on what …

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MapLight Co-founder Daniel G. Newman. MapLight, a nonpartisan nonprofit I co-founded to track money’s influence on politics, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It’s been an incredible decade of growth for us and the broader transparency and accountability field. …

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(Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons) In recent years there has been a lot of talk about opengov at the state, local and international levels, but when it comes to the federal government people just shake their heads and mutter. That is …

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Back in 2008, when I embarked on my first city government job after college, the big technological advancement was that cities were beginning to accept online job applications. Now, it seems cities everywhere are not only embracing technology but getting …

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Marc Joffe, founder of Public Sector Credit Solutions According to census figures, the U.S. has over 91,000 state and local governments. The vast majority of these institutions produce documents that affect the citizens they serve. While many individual governments offer …

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(Photo credit: Joe in DC/Flickr) Last year, a team of researchers here at the Sunlight Foundation started putting together a wide-ranging but centralized inventory of criminal justice data. As we’ve been doing this important work, other efforts to address issues …

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Data, data, everywhere, and all the nerds did think; data, data, everywhere, yet nothing with which to link. (Photo via John Crowe/Flickr) Thanks to the efforts over the past few decades of the open government community, a large and hard-won …

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Knowledge Workers in the Trenches Perhaps information wants to be free. But the real question is: Who will make it free? There are many types of knowledge “worker bees” who are buzzing away in the trenches. Aaron Swartz provides the …

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Here’s the OK Cast Episode 4. In this episode, Gabriela Schneider and I discuss her work with the Sunlight Foundation. You can reach her @stereogab. Gabriela is the Communications Director of the Sunlight Foundation, and is responsible for managing Sunlight’s …

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We will keep developing the theme of taking #OpenData the “Last Mile”, meaning to users and researchers who otherwise wouldn’t know how to access or use it. The Sunlight Foundation is doing a great job of going the Last Mile …

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