Residents of Minnesota now have a new way to keep track of what’s happening in their state with the launch of OpenGovernment Minnesota. The “land of 10,000 lakes” is the latest state added to OpenGovernment, a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation, along with support from the Minnesota Historical Society.*
Visit MN.opengovernment.org to get the real story behind what’s happening in government across the state via official government information, local news coverage, blog posts and social media alerts.
Writes David Moore on the OpenGovernment blog:
Now folks in Minnesota can track with ease everything their state legislature does — all the bills that are proposed, votes that are taken, money that was raised, and more. We’ve timed the launch of this, the sixth U.S. state on OpenGovernment, to coincide with the Netroots Nation conference ongoing this weekend in Minneapolis / St. Paul. We’re pleased to share this new public resource for accountability in government and citizen watchdogging with all the political bloggers & issue-based activists there.
The Sunlight Labs Open States project developed the legislative backend for OpenGovernment. Supported in part by the work of volunteers, the Open States project’s goal is to collect and scrape legislative data from all 50 state legislatures and make it available online in a unified, developer-friendly format.
* Update: Additional support from the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.