Google donates $3.7 million to foster open government data standards

From eWeek:

Google is donating $3.7 million to two organizations that are working to make government data more open, available and transparent to citizens in the United States and around the world. has awarded $2.1 million to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Sunlight Foundation, and $1.6 million to mySociety, a U.K.-based group, according to a Jan. 16 post by Matthew Stepka, vice president of, on the Google Public Policy Blog.
The donation to the Sunlight Foundation is aimed at helping the group to "grow their programs for open government data, with a focus on making civic information for U.S. cities transparent, available and useable," wrote Stepka.

Also see this from Google's Public Policy Blog.