The Congressional Data Coalition is a new organization advocating for greater public access to U.S. federal legislative information.
The group’s Website is at: http://congressionaldata.org/
The group has a Twitter account at @congressdata
The group’s blog is at: http://congressionaldata.org/learn-more/blog/
Here is a description of the group, from the group’s About page:
[…] Who we are
We’re a coalition of citizens, public interest groups, trade associations, and businesses that champion greater governmental transparency through improved public access to and long-term preservation of congressional information.
For the benefit of the general public, we encourage Congress to broadly disseminate information about congressional activities and to create congressional information in ways that optimize its reuse and facilitate its long-term preservation. We marshal coalition members to create, share, and collaborate on legislative data byproducts for further reuse. And we educate Congress on the benefits of open data and partner with it to improve internal processes.
We believe the public has a right to know what its government is doing. Want to know what else we believe? Read our statement of principles.
To help advance our mission, we formed an advisory board of data and transparency experts to direct the activities of the coalition. This current board consists of the following members.
- Zach Graves, R Street Institute
- Hudson Hollister, Data Transparency Coalition
- Seamus Kraft, OpenGov Foundation
- Eric Mill, Sunlight Foundation
- Ryan Radia, Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Daniel Schuman, CREW
- Josh Tauberer, GovTrack.us
- Ed Walters, Fastcase
The group’s members include:
- R Street Institute
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Sunlight Foundation
- Competitive Enterprise Institute
- Capitol Bells
- Washington Watch
- Free Government Information