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The open government movement in the United States is well underway, though still brand new in terms relative to the pace of the workings of government. Change tends to be delivered slowly, as evident during President Obama’s re-election campaign this year when many of us had to remind ourselves... Read more
0 comments Posted 31 Jan 2013 by Jen Wike (Red Hat) Feed
Transparency in government
Interested citizens and government professionals, meet your new pal, Scout. It sends you notifications when new developments in government happen—your government, your departments of interest, your items of relevance.  We caught up with Scout's creator, Eric Mill, a web and mobile developer at... Read more
1 comment Posted 1 Aug 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Transparency in government
Recently, I created and launched a new website for the Sunlight Foundation called Scout. It's the product I'm the most proud of building in my three years there. It is essentially a search and notification engine for government action. Simple idea, simple presentation, and it's easy to compare... Read more
0 comments Posted 25 Jul 2012 by Eric Mill Feed
Donkey elephant oops
A brief tweet from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) recently invited you to see her newly-decorated apartment and head-to-toe fashions. The problem? It wasn't her apartment. The link led to the website of a staffer in her press office and was promptly deleted from Twitter fifty-seven seconds later.... Read more
4 comments Posted 12 Jul 2012 by Melanie Chernoff (Red Hat) Feed
Open States project achieves grand milestone
Three years ago at PyCon 2009, we had the first PyCon Open Government Hackathon. Our big project was Open States (then the 50 State Project). The goal was to begin scraping state legislatures' websites in the hope of providing a common format for bill metadata across all 50 states.
0 comments Posted 13 Mar 2012 by James Turk Feed
Open thread: An open House of Representatives?
Today, the US House of Representatives is hosting a 2-day conference about how they can be more open and transparent about what they do under the dome. They are exploring ideas and recommendations on how to create transparency
0 comments Posted 2 Feb 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Calling all open government communities: Where do you start?
How does someone new to the open government movement know where to start? Where can they can get involved and align their interests and passions with a community already hard at work? There are myriad open government communities, ranging from Code for America to The Sunlight Foundation, GovLoop to... Read more
2 comments Posted 20 Jan 2012 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Open government leaders support funding for key transparency initiatives
OMB Watch and the Sunlight Foundation today [November 16, 2011] released an open letter to the U.S. Senate supporting continued funding for the Electronic Government Fund's important transparency projects. The letter echoes the Obama administration's policy statement issued Nov. 10.
0 comments Posted 18 Nov 2011 by Gavin Baker Feed
Open states: Transparency for state governments using open data
Where do you start to standardize legislative information for all 50 United States? Blazing an open data trail for one state government isn't easy, so shifting 50 must be nearly impossible. Or is it? The Open State Project is making progress towards the impossible—and closing in on the goal. When I... Read more
0 comments Posted 26 Sep 2011 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Open government dead - pass the beer nuts...
The date on the tombstone - September 15. Open gov that was shouted from the rooftops on Obama’s first day died last week with barely a whisper - far from the headlines. The Senate approps subcommittee slashed $11 million from the House allocation, already $15 million under FY2010 funding.... Read more
10 comments Posted 21 Sep 2011 by Steve O'Keeffe Feed

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