Coming soon: A new set of apps from the Sunlight Foundation that will put government information on a range of topics – from the environment to health care and personal finance – at the click of a website or smart phone. Knight Foundation is funding them with a $1.2 million grant announced today.
The new National Data Apps will “give you unprecedented access to critical information that will bring us a step closer to closing the transparency gap in Washington,”Sunlight Foundation’s Ellen Miller wrote.
Said Eric Newton, Knight Foundation’s vice president for journalism: Government in the digital age could be more open than ever but only if we can make public information easy to find and use ‘ like these applications promise to do.”
The funding also expands Sunlight Live, which covers major events in Washington with’streaming video, government transparency data, journalistic background and social media coverage.