Databases and Open Government Resources: Skip the FOIA, February 11, 2011
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Databases and Open Government Resources: Skip the FOIA
- Keep electronic communications open. Emails and Open Records in Wisconsin.
- State of California. Praise for CA.gov.
- Virginia House tightens violations to state’s FOIA laws.
- GuideStar. Contains tax information for non profits.
- The Robots META Tag Values. Robot/indexing contract/ understanding is explained.
- VM NewsFlash 2/11/2011. A weekly collection of open government links.
- Computer-Assisted Investigative Reporting - Materials Heritage 's CAIR reporter training provides several helpful resources.
- The Influence Explorer from the Sunlight Foundation. Type in the name of a company, your lawmaker or a prominent individual, and see how they're influencing the political system.
- Suits & Sentences is a legal affairs blog and the author is a FOIA expert.
- The FOIA blog.
- FOIA Friday index.
- 2010 Census Data Products: United States. Census Data release calendar.
- Detailed 2010 Census data for Iowa released.
- U.S. Census Bureau - New on Site.The census released data several states AR, IN, VT, IA recently.
- Information on tracking stimulus spending: Subsidyscope.org, stimuluswatch.org, and recovery.gov
- Energy.gov Open Government Initiative. The federal Deparment of Energy provides high value datasets, including oilspill data.
- The Federal Contractor Misconduct database.
- The National Security Archive. Hosted by the George Washington University.
- Lost money, by state. Money states have lost during the past 20 years because of earmarks not spent.
- Office of the Utah State Auditor - Utah's Local Governments' Reports. Local governments in Utah report their finances to state website.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics Data. Bureau of Labor Statistics has data on states' workforce.
- American Fact Finder. Population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
- Missouri Accountability Portal.
- Campaign Reporting. Albuquerque, NM provides raw data and multiple ways to download it
- National Assessment of Educational Progress data explorer. Includes state-level data.
- Maine.gov contains a transparency section that details how government money is spent. The DataShare portal provides access to public information.
- City of Ann Arbor data sets. Dozens of Ann Arbor city databases.
- The Utah legislature has audio of hearings and floor archived.
- Data.gov allows user-submitted apps. Promotes innovation and creativity.
- The Sunlight Foundation found errors on usaspending.gov and @Watchdogorg found errors on recovery.gov back in November 2009.
- Utah has open meeting site pmn.utah.gov. Some counties have searchable property and ownership data online.
- Cook County, Illinois last year made its check registry available, which lets you see who's getting paid for what.
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