In early 2013, Sunlight launched a new initiative looking at municipal data disclosure and related state issues. Our work is an exploration of how America's cities and towns address open data and open access to information -- and what can be done to maximize on their potential for greater development. We actively monitor and support existing initiatives related to open data and accountability, research case studies and new ideas, support best practices, propose new policies, and dive deep into local ecosystems, exploring bigger questions about the impact of local culture on the future of open government.
On this page, you'll find helpful resources related to crafting policy, navigating the current muni #opengov landscape, and more. To get started, read more of our work on the Sunlight Foundation blog.
Interested in working on an open data law in your community or integrating open data language into other policies? Sunlight has a number of useful resources for you.
Policy "menu" of provisions to explore when crafting open data policy, with examples and sample language.
Follow along as open data policy is enacted around the United States, learn about open data laws around the bend, and track open data policy in your state.
Living review doc of how open data policies in cities and states match up to Sunlight's Guidelines and best practices.
Collection of posts highlighting the Guidelines at work.
As part of our exploration of best practices for open data generally, Sunlight's Muni Team also examines the potential impact of opening specific kinds of information. Our "Deep Dives" take the magnifying glass to priority data for different communities, highlighting the current state of this data across the country, recommendations for how its disclosure could be improved, and demonstrations of just what happens when this information is made available and accessible.
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State governments have an important role to play in federal operations and local government realities. As such, Sunlight also engages in questions about state-level transparency by monitoring, supporting, and advocating for accountability and open data policies at this level. You can view some of the work that we have done on state issues here and use Sunlight's Open States to research and follow state legislative information.
Using Scout, Sunlight's innovative legislative tracking service, you can track State and Federal actions on open data, FOI, and other important issues.
For emails updates on new state open data bills, create an alert for our State Open Data Bill collection.
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