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Announcing: HackingCongress.org

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  • Josh Tauberer
    (Apologies for the usual cross-posting.) Announcing: HackingCongress.org The intersection of civics & technology http://www.hackingcongress.org/ Our community
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 18, 2009
      (Apologies for the usual cross-posting.)

      Announcing: HackingCongress.org
      The intersection of civics & technology

      http://www.hackingcongress.org/

      Our community is growing rapidly these days. And while TransparencyCamp
      gave us a physical place to come together a few weeks ago, we're still a
      little nomadic in the online world.

      We're also a very diverse group. The fact that we all often have to
      cross-post to the same set of lists indicates that we've got great inner
      communities that focus separately on coding, policy, social media, etc.

      HackingCongress.org is meant to be a neutral-ground home for the coder
      community in the open government world. Really, it's just a links page.
      But it's a links page with a nice Drupal theme you can proudly point to
      and say "this is my movement". "Hacking" is, of course, a word with
      several meanings. In the programming world it is very much a positive
      term meaning something like "creative programming".

      The site is running Drupal and anyone that creates an account can edit
      any content on the site. So, it's basically a new wiki.

      Right now you can find:

      Community
      ---------

      Links to the primary convergence locations for this community, the
      Sunlight Labs and PoliParsers mail lists, the IRC channel #transparency,
      the Planet oGosh blog aggregator, the oGosh Facebook group, and the
      Upcoming Transparency Events page on the OpenCongress wiki.

      Links to all of the other mail lists for our community (all of the one's
      I've mailed here and some others).

      Data & APIs
      -----------

      Then beginnings of a list of the databases and APIs that are available
      for government transparency data. If you're a data source, add yourself
      to the list or make sure I got your entry correct, please.

      Projects
      --------

      Links to ongoing projects broken down by type-

      - Open-source coding projects like OpenCongress and Sunlight's
      Fifty States.

      - Policy projects like Open House/Senate.

      - Wiki projects like the new Wired gov data wiki.

      It was everything I could come up with quickly. I'll be adding more as I
      see them, but feel free to add your own project.

      #transparency
      -------------

      Using a Drupal module you can enter the community's IRC channel
      #transparency through the website.

      Blog Aggregator
      ---------------

      Recently I announced Planet oGosh, an aggregator bringing together a
      whole bunch of blogs in the open government tech community. I'm changing
      the URL to planet.hackingcongress.org.

      Final Notes
      -----------

      Thanks to Kendall Clark for donating the domain name.

      --
      - Josh Tauberer
      - GovTrack.us

      http://razor.occams.info

      "Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation! Yields
      falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" Achilles to
      Tortoise (in "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter)
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