What’s New in Civic Tech: Sunlight Foundation Guide Seeks to Improve Open Data Practices

The Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works with tech and other initiatives to make government more transparent, has released a new Tactical Data Engagement guide aimed at helping cities engage residents and improve communities with public data.

The guide is an effort to help elected officials and municipal government workers go past simply publishing mass amounts of data online, helping them to put information out there in a strategic way that fosters subsequent actions. In a release announcing the guide, Sunlight Foundation leadership emphasized that this is part of ongoing efforts to foster public access to government information, which should be free, open and online.