The transparency community is abuzz today with the revelation of the New York Senate website. It is shiny and pretty. There are great new features and even our website, Public Markup gets a shout out. Neat!
What's great about it is uniformity. Every Senator has a website that's the same as every other Senator's, with links to their RSS feeds and even twitter accounts. They've got blogs and interestingly enough calendars. Now, the technology for transparency is there. Sadly, it doesn't look like the Senators are using it yet -- I find it hard to believe, for example, that the Senate President has a clear schedule for the rest of the month.. But the technology is there and the NY Senate technology team ought to be commended for building that in (and making it export in iCal!).Continue reading