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SanFranciscoCode.org Empowering Citizens to Help Modernize the City’s Municipal Code

San Francisco City Supervisor Farrell Introduces Constituent-Driven Housing Reform Ordinance Made Possible by the New, Interactive Municipal Code Website SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 8, 2014) — The non-partisan, non-profit OpenGov Foundation and San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell today announced the introduction of the first-ever citizen-suggested reform to the Municipal Code of Laws powered by the first interactive, user-friendly and restriction-free online edition […]

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Completing the Incomplete Code of Maryland Laws

Imagine your boss hands you a 5,000-page end-of-the-year report with no organizational titles or section headings, then asks you to find the part about the first week of June– now. You start scanning line after line, page after page, scribbling notes in the margins and getting hopelessly lost. As the clock runs out and the […]

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December 5 OpenGov & MIT Center for Civic Media Discussion On Producing Open Data Laws & Crowdsourced Legislation [MEDIA ADVISORY]

BOSTON, MA (12/3/13) – On Wednesday December 5 at 12 PM EST, OpenGov Foundation Executive Director Seamus Kraft will lead a discussion at the MIT Center for Civic Media on how the OpenGov team is transforming America’s laws and legislative processes from inaccessible, inefficient, and paper-based into Internet-ready, user-friendly and open-to-all formats with the State Decoded and Madison projects.  Click here to watch the webcast and join […]

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The “Virtuous Pipeline” Producing Chicago’s Internet-Ready Laws

The headline says it all: “City of Chicago and Public-Spirited Hackers Unveil the Chicago City Code.” Team OpenGov recently travelled to the Windy City to deliver this MVG – “minimum viable gift” – of the laws back to its true owners, the residents of Chicago and the public servants working on their behalf. It is […]

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City of San Francisco and OpenGov Launch SanFranciscoCode.org

San Francisco Becomes America’s Second ‘Open Law’ City, Launching New Online Platform that Makes the City’s Charter and Codes Accessible and User-Friendly for Everyone San Francisco, CA (September 26, 2013) – The non-partisan, non-profit OpenGov Foundation is proud to announce the launch of SanFranciscoCode.org, a free online platform that empowers every San Francisco resident to discover, access and use local […]

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A Gift For You: New Feature Added to BaltimoreCode.org

  BaltimoreCode.org just got better for you.  Check out the short feature description and tutorial below, and if you like what you see, please consider sharing the news with your friends.  And we’re here to help it work for you: if you get stuck or have questions, click here to email us and we’ll get back to you […]

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Launched: Operation Decode San Francisco [Guest Post]

Putting on a hackathon – let along a bicoastal one – is no small feat.  But Emily Hong, a Summer Fellow in the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation - put on a terrific one last week.  We were lucky to be a part, and launch Operation Decode SF along with such generally awesome people.  Before Emily heads back to […]

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Announcing America’s First “Open Law City” – City of Baltimore & OpenGov Foundation Launch BaltimoreCode.org

The Nation’s First ‘Open Law’ City, Baltimore Launches a New Online Platform that Makes the City’s Charter and Code Accessible and User-Friendly for All BALTIMORE, MD. (July 17, 2013) – The City of Baltimore’s Chief Technology Officer Chris Tonjes and the non-partisan, non-profit OpenGov Foundation announced today the launch of BaltimoreCode.org, a free software platform that empowers all Baltimore […]

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MarylandCode.org – Free Law for the Free State

MarylandCode.org – Free Law for the Free State The OpenGov Foundation today released MarylandCode.org, the first-ever people-friendly, tech-savvy and restriction-free publication of the Maryland Code of Public laws.  The people of Maryland and all Americans have a fundamental right to know the law, so that they can understand it, debate it and meaningfully participate in democratic decision-making.  Today, […]

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