Preserving State Government Digital Information:
Sunlight Labs Work
The Sunlight Foundation and Participation Politics Foundation (PPF) have implemented OpenGovernment.org with five initial states, California, Louisiana, Maryland, Texas and Wisconsin. Among other things, OpenGovernment allows people to track legislation, follow money trails, and contact legislators all in one spot.
Combining all of the data sources necessary to create such a site is a challenge. MHS is working with Sunlight to learn more about how Sunlight gathers data, what data is most useful, what formats and metadata are appropriate, and what can be improved upon. Minnesota will then be one of the next states added to the OpenGovernment.org site.
To learn more about best practice principles for opening up government information, review the following guidelines.
The Sunlight Foundation is also working on creating a mobile application that uses OpenStates data. Based on TexLege, the mobile app will allow users to track legislative information for the states for which OpenStates collects data.
This report, written by Sunlight, explains the purpose of both projects, the issues encountered, and recommendations for access to government data, as well as initial evaluation of both projects.
January 18. 2012, links verified January 18, 2012