Trying to ensure the accessibility of digital documents was the goal of the PDF Liberation Hackathon, held over the Martin Luther King Jr. day weekend in at least six cities. Sunlight provided the DC venue.Continue reading
It’s fantastic to see the eight winning projects awarded more than $3.2 million today from the Knight News Challenge on... View ArticleContinue reading
Today, May 8th, marks the 125th birthday of Harry S Truman, our 33rd president. He once said, “Secrecy and a... View ArticleContinue reading
Here are a few of the more interesting media mentions of Sunlight and our friends and grantees from this week:... View ArticleContinue reading
TransparencyCamp was awesome, but rather than my just writing about just how great it was — what we all learned,... View ArticleContinue reading
A week ago, I blogged about the launch of the Coalition for an Accountable Recovery (CAR). The coalition (of which... View ArticleContinue reading
Doc Searls, author and Senior Editor of the blog Linux Journal, interviews Sunlight’s Greg Elin in an article about open... View ArticleContinue reading
Greg Elin -- Sunlight's Chief Data Architect -- did a fascinating interview with Jon Udell last week. I have the daily benefit of Greg's insights and so I want to share this very insightful interview so you can too.
Jon has blogged about the interview here. Udell is an author, information architect, software developer, and groupware evangelist himself. He writes a monthly column for the O'Reilly Network. It's worth a regular read.
We've been promising to introduce our Sunlight Labs more formally and today we're doing that, along with the announcement of a really neat widget that we're calling "Popup Politicians." Before you imagine the worst, like, Representative J. Dennis Hastert or Sen. John McCain or Representative John Boehner popping out of cake, take a look at what Greg Elin and Duncan Werner have developed -- a web page plug-in that links the reader to information about who's financing the lawmaker's campaign, the lawmaker's voting record, and their profile on Congresspedia. The widget appears as a small popup window when you mouse-over the little sun icon that appears at the end of the name.Continue reading
Already the Sunlight Mash-Up Labs announced in May is striding toward my fantasy of one-click political influence disclosure. Last week, Lab Co-director, Greg Elin, guided me through the results of a week of "hacking" with Mike Krejci, lead programmer for The Institute of Money in State Politics. Supported by a small grant from the Sunlight Foundation, Greg went to Portland, Oregon and helped Mike begin work on The Institute's "web services API".Continue reading