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    Below is the real announcement about OpenCongress. - J ... Subject: [ODOG] OpenCongress is launching today - help us spread the word! Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007
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      Below is the real announcement about OpenCongress.

      - J

      -------- Original Message --------
      Subject: [ODOG] OpenCongress is launching today - help us spread the word!
      Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 16:44:04 -0000
      From: David Moore :: Open Congress <davidrussellmoore@...>


      OpenCongress.org is launching today -- bringing together official
      government information with news articles, blog posts, campaign
      contribution data, and social wisdom from the public.

      We hope you'll check out the site, let us know your feedback, and help
      us spread the word!

      http://www.opencongress.org/

      OpenCongress brings together, for the first time in one place, all the
      best information about what's really happening in Congress: official
      government info from THOMAS, made available by GovTrack.us; news
      articles from Google News; blog posts from Technorati and Google Blog
      Search; campaign contribution information from OpenSecrets.org; and
      more.

      OpenCongress is an open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan web
      resource. Our mission is to close the information gap between
      political insiders and the general public, making Congress more
      transparent and encouraging civic engagement. OpenCongress is a joint
      project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics
      Foundation.

      One of the problems we were seeking to address with OpenCongress was
      the lack of accessible web resources about the frequently-arcane world
      of Congress. Political bloggers were creating a vast and valuable pool
      of social wisdom on politics, but the lack of a user-friendly resource
      about Congress meant that there wasn't an easy way to connect blog
      posts about political issues with the actual substance of bills.

      Now, OpenCongress makes it possible to get the big picture when
      reading about a bill, Member of Congress, or an issue area. It's a
      great tool for bloggers, citizen journalists, issue-based membership
      groups, and anyone looking to make sense of the Congressional fray.
      Together, we can focus effective public scrutiny on the bills that are
      most important, expose corruption, and make the Congressional process
      more widely accessible.

      For more information about the mission of OpenCongress and our next
      steps in site development, please visit ::

      http://www.opencongress.org/about

      For an overview of some of the ways that individuals and organizations
      can use OpenCongress to track the issues they care about, please
      visit ::

      http://www.opencongress.org/howtouse

      We just put the site out publicly this morning and we've been
      fortunate to have already been linked on MyDD, TalkingPointsMemo,
      Instapundit, and more.... we'd love your help in Digging our just-
      posted launch announcement ::

      http://digg.com/politics/The_REAL_story_about_Congress

      Thanks to all the volunteer beta-testers and feedback from ODOG
      members, it's incredibly valuable to us and greatly appreciated. Hope
      you'll let us know what you think about OpenCongress in the comments
      below or by e-mailing me, and help us spread the word about this new
      web tool!

      Thanks,
      -David

      http://www.opencongress.org/

      --
      David Moore
      Participatory Politics Foundation
      www.participatorypolitics.org

      d...@...
      mobile: (917) 334-1941
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