Using bulk data, we isolated the birthdays of members of Congress and determined their zodiac signs to assess productivity in this never before conducted analysis. The results are astronomically significant.Continue reading
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We are happy to announce that early registration for TransparencyCamp 2014 is now open. This year, TCamp will take place Friday, May 30th and Saturday, the 31st at the George Mason University Arlington Campus.Continue reading
Money is an inescapable part of political campaigns all around the world. Join us for a free webinar series to learn more and uncover the influence of money in elections.Continue reading
Ten opengov resolutions to help jump start 2014! Expand your work horizons with a healthy diet of data and mental exercise using new or overlooked tools.Continue reading
In the past few months we have had the pleasure of partnering with Hack Reactor, an honors-level, immersive coding academy in San Francisco. Check out what their students did with Sunlight's APIs.Continue reading
As building blocks for our tools, our APIs are core not only to our work but also to the hundreds of outside applications and services that they power. (Hold up, what are APIs again?) In the past half year, we have taken your feedback and build a prominent API site that’s accessible from the main Sunlight Foundation navigation. The new API section features completely re-written and re-organized documentation, a summary of the status of each API and an interactive query builder to help developers build their requests. We’ve also added real time statistics for our APIs, so anyone can see their aggregate use over time.
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Aside from accessing our APIs, we have also collected real-life examples of our APIs at work-- just check out the gallery of projects using our APIs to see just some of the projects that can be built with our data. Then head over to the Community tab to see current data projects that we and other OpenGov-ers are working on. You can filter these projects by ones that need technical help, non-technical help and also projects to inspire.
Learn how to join the efforts on standardizing election data, to detailing key relationships between influencers and politicians, to scraping state level spending data and a whole host of other projects. Have a project you want to add? Submit it here.Want to meet other developers or get connected? Continue reading
Instead of scheduling brunch plans or enjoying a lazy afternoon this weekend, close to 40 women took over the Sunlight conference room this past Saturday for an all-female software training program conducted by GeekChic. Here at Sunlight, we were happy to host the training and help cultivate more developers in the DC community with the hopes of increasing awareness of open data and turning these future developers on to our APIs and databases.
While many our developer colleagues were participating in the National Day of Civic Hacking, a number of us were here writing our first lines of code. In the seven-hour training intensive, we covered the basics of command line, learned to write and execute code in Python, got our style on with some basic CSS and HTML training as well as created our first web app on Django. (Whew, that was exhausting just recounting what we did.) Six Sunlighters, with a range of tech know how, participated in the training and here’s what we learned (and real life testimonials on why you shouldn’t be afraid to learn to code!). If you are interested in partnering with Sunlight to host technology workshops, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Continue reading
Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold states’ rights to limit public information request to in-state requests, will likely hamper access... View ArticleContinue reading
We didn’t just have a typical DC happy hour this past Monday to kick off Sunshine Week, instead we had a birthday party in James Madison’s honor at the appropriately themed Cause: PhilanthroPub (where a portion of their profits goes to the charity of your choice). Transparency advocates from Sunlight, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), OpentheGovernment.org, Project on Government Oversight (POGO), Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press and many more organizations were on hand to sing Happy Birthday to Madison, who is considered to be the Founding Father of Freedom of Information. The evening, complete with birthday cake, was a nice opportunity to unwind ahead of the week long festivities.
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