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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