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Sunlight at PyCon 2014
Labs members go to Canada, eat poutine and Paultag dazzles with an A+ talk. It's Sunlight's recap of PyCon 2014!Continue reading
Sunlight APIs have a new home
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.
Need inspiration? Want to help?
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
Announcing a new grant to Sunlight from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Sunlight is very proud to share the news that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will award us $4 million over the next three years to increase our ability to make more government data more accessible, especially on the state and local level. With this new support, we will focus more on making more government data accessible to more and more people -- not just journalists and experts. This new funding from the Knight Foundation will undoubtedly go a long way toward giving us more resources to make online government transparency a reality, enabling us to continue to build tools to bring that data to the public and share with the growing open government community lessons learned from our work.Continue reading
Please Vote for Sunlight’s “Civic Hacking in Pursuit of Democracy” Video
Here’s an appeal for our readers: please help Sunlight spread the news of the great work civic hackers do as far and wide as possible by voting for our storytelling video in the Looking@Democracy contest organized by the Illinois Humanities Council with support from the MacArthur Foundation. (Voting ends May 16.) We couldn’t wait to tell this (previously) untold story through a short video to demonstrate how the nascent movement of civic hackers are creating apps and tools using open government data to make their communities better. These men and women are equipped with laptops, open data and creative ideas to positively reconstruct the way we relate with government.Continue reading
Starting a Sunlight Meetup
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Volunteer for #TCamp12!
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Breaking: ThinkGeek Mystery Solved
Wow. That was…fast. Not long after we posted this: @SunFoundationSunlight Foundation Do you know this monkey tamer? http://bit.ly/ipd4nO Help us... View ArticleContinue reading
Stephen Colbert, the time has come: Help Sunlight follow the money
Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, is in Washington today to register his new Super PAC with the FEC.... View ArticleContinue reading
TCamp: Looking Back and Looking Forward
It’s never too early to get nostalgic. Here at Sunlight HQ, we’re still buzzing about the incredible time we had... View ArticleContinue reading