Monthly Archives: October 2012

How open government data helped fuel information about Hurricane Sandy

How open government data drove information available to people during Hurricane Sandy.

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Data organization sues to get more information on detained immigrants – ABC News

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse has sued to gain access to more information about detained immigrants.

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Court ruling: In Pa., elected officials’ emails are open records

Pennsylvania residents can read the email of elected officials under a decision in favor of The Morning Call recently upheld by the state Supreme Court.

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Stetler support letters released after public-records request

Right after Steve Stetler was sentenced on public corruption charges in September, court reporter Rick Lee asked Dauphin County court for the letters that were written in support of Stetler and sent to the judge. No, the judge said. Rick … Continue reading

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Transparency Outsourced as U.S. Hires Vendors for Disclosure Aid

An open government update brought to you by Record Tracker via Evernote. Story from blooomberg.com reports that since President Obama took office, “spending on FOIA-related contracts has jumped about 40 percent, leaving transparency advocates wondering who’s making the decisions on … Continue reading

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How do you know when you should appeal an open records denial?

knowing when to appeal an open records denial isn’t always a science. But this case illustrates one way you can decide whether to challenge a denial and, basically, that is: Don’t take an agency lawyer’s word that your request meets an exemption in the law.

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Online project partners with governments to help them better serve residents

Every now and then you stumble across something that makes you go, “Really? This exists?” in a good way.

How about Code for America? Atop its website: “A new kind of public service: Helping governments work better for everyone with people and the power of the web.”

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