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The Transparency Project
David Sklar, Ning, Inc.

Track: Interfaces and Services
Date: Thursday, February 12
Time: 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Location: California Ballroom B

The Transparency Project is a non-partisan collaborative effort to turn a variety of existing data sources about government activity into useful information for voters, legislators, lobbyists, reporters, and watchdogs. We build analytical tools that turn mountains of discrete facts into intelligent reports and analysis. These reports reveal trends in campaign finance, connections between government employees and elected officials, coordination among third-party organizing activities on policy development, and other patterns. Our tools are "social software" that provides insight into political relationships that would otherwise be buried under overwhelming amounts of data.

Underlying these tools are XML schemas to describe this universe of government-related data. As the Transparency Project grows, it can describe more data as its schemas and tools become wider-ranging. The Project aims to involve creators and consumers of government data in developing and standardizing its schema.

This presentation gives an overview of some tools that the Transparency Project has built, shows how interested producers or users of relevant data can become involved, and illustrates the benefits of the Transparency Project to voters as well as people at all levels of government.

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