Friday, January 7, 2011

Hawaii Open Data Project/Doug White Project

We've added a new link to the Hawaii Open Data Project/Doug White Project, a helpful resource directory and listings of public records in the state. Find it here or under the links section at the top of the page. The Hawaii Open Data Project was put together by Ryan Ozawa, and it includes a section of records obtained by Doug White.

The back story of this project is compelling, ending with a victory for greater transparency by government agencies. Doug White in particular spent a better part of a year and about $1000 of his own money to secure information from the Lingle administration - information that should be readily available to the public. Ryan Ozawa also faced roadblocks when he requested information from government, which inspired the start of Open Data.

Hawaii Public Radio aired their story last month: Public Records Not Easy To Come By In Hawaii

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