Databases and Open Government Resources: Skip the FOIA, February 11, 2011

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Databases and Open Government Resources: Skip the FOIA

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  • The Sunlight Foundation found errors on and @Watchdogorg found errors on back in November 2009.
  • Utah has open meeting site 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.