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Hack Jersey’s “Law, money and politics” hack day

September 21, 2013 @ 10:00 am

Hack Jersey is excited to announce our next project: a hack day on “Law, Money and Politics.” Through two parallel tracks, we’ll spend the day crunching data on the legislative process in New Jersey and examine how campaign finance money influences governance.

This one-day event at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark will split our participants into two distinct paths, one for coders and news hackers and the other for journalists and others who want to go on a Data Expedition.

Coder Track

Coders will work to build an app or widget based on the Sunlight Foundation’s OpenStates API and other data sources. The project will help us explore the link between money and politics in state government ahead of November’s election.

The API has been used by other news organizations to power innovative web applications:

We hope to complete a project during this event or shortly thereafter. It will be made available to the entire Garden State news ecosystem through the NJ News Commons and to other users and organizations on the internet at large. All of the code behind it will be released on Github under an open source license.

Data Expedition for the non-coders

Hack Jersey is committed to transparency in local and state government, and to bringing journalists into data projects, even those without coding skills. Data Expeditions were created by the School of Data (a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation in Cambridge, England) as a fun and valuable way to learn how to analyze and report with data.

Everyone has a role in a Data Expedition: Guide, Scout, Analyst, Storyteller, Designer and Engineer. All skill levels are welcome to join us!


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Our hack day is sponsored by the NJ News Commons, the Sunlight FoundationNJIT and Broadstreet Ads. If you or your organization would like to help sponsor our event, please get in touch.

To sign up, head  over to our Eventbrite page at http://lawmoneyhj.eventbrite.com/.

Get the latest updates on our blog.


September 21, 2013 10:00 am
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