Tag: campaign finance

by Waldo Jaquith

Semantically, legal codes are smooth, shapeless balls of text. They’re programmatically inaccessible, useless to software — and most people. There’s simply nothing on which to get a purchase. As qualitative data, they’re inaccessible to quantitative analysis. This is the problem that the State Decoded project seeks to solve. The State Decoded’s job is to turn […] more »

by Gail Robinson

It’s been a month since Gotham Gazette launched its Councilpedia project to monitor city elected officials and track money in local politics. (To read our earlier entry on Councilpedia, go here.) In those weeks, we’ve learned a lot about what people like and don’t like about the service. This information will help us improve what […] more »

by Gail Robinson

Barely two decades into the digital age, we take online media for granted. So much is so easy and convenient — at our fingertips — that we can forget technology can only do so much. Then we come up with a great idea that leaves us with the challenge of how to successfully push the […] more »

by Gail Robinson

As Gotham Gazette gears up to launch a pilot version of its Knight-funded Councilpedia project, we are confronting a number of interesting issues. To step back first, though, Councilpedia will provide information about New York’s 51 City Council members and two citywide elected officials, including their campaign finance information, the bills they introduced, and the […] more »