The Open House Project from The Sunlight Foundation

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Congressman Honda on the Open House cause

February 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Congressman Mike Honda (D, CA-15) is one of this project’s heroes in the House. In fact, I can’t recall any other congressman picking out a recommendation of the Open House Project and saying publicly that it’s a good idea, and referencing this project. In November, he took real action to further transparency in Congress by [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · Structured Data · web 2.0

Two Internet Cultural Shift Videos

November 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Even though that video centers on intellectual property issues, Lessig talks about how his focus came to shift away from hoping Congress would pass rational policy. He remarks that the "economies of influence" that dictate congressional policy are fundamentally corrupt, as a system. That made me reflect that Sunlight’s mission is, [...]

Tags: Congress · OpenHouse · Structured Data · TED · corruption · intellectual property · lessig · web 2.0

Senate Voting Records: Use XML

November 5th, 2007 · 1 Comment

(This is written in the style of a letter to the Senate… because hopefully it will turn into just that. Comments on its persuasiveness are welcome.)
Summary: The Senate’s current position on publishing voting records online is analogous to a reference library that has no copy machine. I explain below why the Senate website should publish [...]

Tags: Congress · OpenHouse · Structured Data · data visualization · government websites · web 2.0

Visual Semantic Web?

October 17th, 2007 · No Comments

This post from information aesthetics has me thinking again about ontology, linguistics, and semantically derived hyperlinks. How else can you describe a system that effectively matches photos’ content in a maneuverable spatial context than a successfully implemented visual semantic web?
(this video is really amazing. follow the above link.)

Tags: OpenHouse · Structured Data · semantic web · visualizations · web 2.0

Feed Blending: Sunlight and Congress

September 27th, 2007 · No Comments

I enjoy modifying structures responsible for the form our awareness takes, that’s one of the reasons I was initially drawn to examine the availability of public information. In making the transition to working full time on transparency advocacy, I spent a great deal of time restructuring my information consumption habits. Politics and government [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · RSS · web 2.0

Another Foray into Data Visualization

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

I find it hard to stay away from compelling data visualization. That’s probably a big part of why I’m passionate about government information. The connection isn’t entirely clear to me, but it goes something like this: digital analysis of information illuminates subtle connections and trends that would have gone otherwise unnoticed. New [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · Structured Data · government websites · visualizations · web 2.0

Google maps mashup and Gmail Bloopers

August 21st, 2007 · No Comments

I just saw via O’Reilly that google released embeddable maps, and decided to take a little foray into attempting an embedded map mashup myself.
We made an entry a week or so ago for Gmail’s promotional video contest, featuring us throwing around an enlargement of the Gmail sign. Using Google’s intuitively designed tools, [...]

Tags: OpenHouse · visualizations · web 2.0

Lobbying Updates

August 17th, 2007 · No Comments

I’m writing to give a general update on the status of our recommendations, and to give some other various updates. The impact of this project has always been, to some degree, contingent on the clout generated by the distributed expertise of its participants. This list and project will retain their unique productive appeal [...]

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · Structured Data · appropriations · government websites · govtrack · insanely useful websites · web 2.0

Insanely Useful Sites: GovTrack.us

August 9th, 2007 · No Comments

GovTrack.us is a perfect choice to be our first review as an Insanely Useful Website. GovTrack is one of the original web 2.0 type sources for government information: both an excellent example of a new model of political information distribution, and a compelling story of Web-programming genius expressed as an ambitious civic undertaking.
Josh Tauberer, [...]

Tags: Congress · House of Representatives · OpenHouse · RSS · Structured Data · committees · government websites · govtrack · insanely useful websites · web 2.0

Legislation 2.0 at Open Left

July 24th, 2007 · 1 Comment

When David All and I wrote in an Op-Ed for The Hill that “the time has come to re-imagine the world of the wired elected official,� I did not expect members of Congress to be so quick to pick up and use these new lines of communication. Halfway into the year more members of Congress [...]

Tags: Dick Durbin · Legislation 2.0 · Open Left · OpenHouse · web 2.0