Open Government Data

By Joshua Tauberer (@JoshData)

April 2012 (Updated June 2012)

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This book is the culmination of several years of thinking about the principles behind the open government data movement in the United States. In the pages within, I frame the movement as the application of Big Data to civics. Topics include principles, uses for transparency and civic engagement, a brief legal history, data quality, civic hacking, and paradoxes in transparency.

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About the Author

Joshua Tauberer (@JoshData) is the creator of the Congress-tracking tool, which launched in 2004 and spurred the national open government data community. He was also a co-founder of POPVOX, a platform for advocacy.


I would like to acknowledge Justin Grimes, John Wonderlich, Jim Harper, Carl Malamud, David Robinson, Harlan Yu, and Gunnar Hellekson for their contributions to my thinking about our field. In addition, I thank the Transparency Camp organizers, where much thought on this crystalized. And I thank my mom for her help editing.

— Joshua Tauberer

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