Alisha Green

Sunlight Foundation
Washington, DC
I’m part of the local policy team at Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit based in Washington, DC. We examine what kinds of information state and municipal governments in the United States post online and what formats they use to publish information online. We actively advocate for strong open government and, specifically, open data policies that ensure the ability to access and reuse public information held by the government. We have examined related government transparency issues such as free law, copyrights on government information, open meetings laws, public records laws, and records management.

I am excited to attend OpenCon 2014 and learn more about the current research around open access and open data. The academic world frequently accesses information held by governments and does important research and analysis with it, producing findings that can have impacts on programs and policy. I want to learn more about the experiences of academics with accessing public or restricted information to see how that can inform the open data movement, and I want to learn more about what principles of open data are most important to those in academia (e.g. data quality, metadata, etc.) for research and analysis purposes. I’m also interested in learning about any research being done around online government transparency and the release of datasets. I would be thrilled to connect with anyone studying these topics or looking to start studying them so we can talk about potential collaboration and information sharing.

I've also researched and would be happy to learn more about work around topics including the impact of governance structures on innovation and policy implementation; public outreach and engagement processes; collaborative policy writing; technology procurement; redaction of sensitive information from public records; information-sharing agreements between governments and academics or research institutions; dataset indexes or inventories; desired data formats for research; metadata standards and best practices; digitizing archival materials; the use of APIs or bulk download of data for research purposes; licensing and terms of use language for government data; citation formats; and ensuring permanence of data online.

Sunlight has policy teams exploring similar topics on the federal and international levels, as well, and I would be happy to make any introductions for people looking to learn more about that work. Outside of our policy team, Sunlight does extensive collection and analysis of a range of government data at the federal and state levels. We make this information freely available and easily reusable with a variety of tools and APIs, in addition to writing stories about the data and advocating for better information-sharing practices by governments at all levels. Learn more about our work here: http://sunlightfoundation.com/about/

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