The Knight Foundation has announced that it has awarded a $200,000 grant to the OpenGov Foundation to develop the Project Madison legislative crowdsourcing platform for use in connection with state and local legislation.
Here are excerpts of the Knight Foundation’s announcement of the grant:
A tool that helps the public collaborate on drafting federal legislation will go local in coming months, enabling two communities to build and shape public policy in concert with government officials.
Project Madison, a project of the OpenGov Foundation, will test and customize its open-source platform at the state and municipal level, with $200,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The platform enables users to comment on, propose changes to and share opinions on draft policy and legislation.
With Knight funding, the OpenGov Foundation will combine the web-based tool with in-person events to rally discussion and action around a specific local policy issue in two U.S. communities where the foundation invests. The locations will be announced in coming months. In addition, Project Madison will expand its recent work on MarylandCode.org, a user-friendly, searchable publication of Maryland state laws. The local version of Project Madison will allow people to contribute to the lawmaking process in Maryland and Baltimore. [...]