The City of Boston adopted the Public Domain Dedication and License for its public data. The local government believes doing so will help facilitate reuse of their data.Continue reading
How do you share open data in a meaningful way to help citizens convert data into knowledge about their city?Continue reading
Let’s dig into Mayor Walsh's open data executive order, Councilor Wu's proposed open data legislation, and consider what is possible for the future of open data (and open data policy) in Boston.Continue reading
A simple twist on the traditional budgeting process has us paying attention to payoffs for transparency. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a political process that lets members of a community vote on how certain budget funds should be allocated. By including the public in decision-making, PB has the potential to be an agent of accountability, helping to demystify city budgets, to turn voters into active contributors and informed monitors of government progress, and to help support efforts for proactive budget disclosure. As it stands today, PB helps communities explore many of these opportunities, and it serves as an important gateway to engagement with local government for a wide variety of residents, especially traditionally-underrepresented groups. It’s a transformative process -- one that may cost governments almost nothing, since it just reallocates existing funds -- and it's a process we’re eager to see explored in more detail as more and more communities hold a magnifying glass to budgetary data.Continue reading
This post was written by Shauna Gordon-McKeon co-organizer of the Open Government Boston group. On February 23, Sunlight Boston together... View ArticleContinue reading
A couple of weekends ago, I attended Art Hack Day
at Harvard. The event was put on by the
Big Bad Lab, where we were proud to provide
the data for the event through our APIs
It was a pleasure getting to show off
and (ok, I'm biased here) python-sunlight.
The creative juices were really flowing throughout the 3-day hackathon, folks created some amazing projects, such as a vending machine bill acceptor that sucked 100 dollar bills at the same rate money has been spent this election cycle (it was really fast!), political speech karaoke, and a voting booth that just can't accept "no". Some other creative projects included an app that would process tweets from federal Senators and Representatives (twitter IDs found off the Sunlight Congress API), and a bulletin board was covered with flyers featuring (real!) numbers for lobbyists discovered through Influence Explorer.