3.66+ million can’t be wrong

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May 152012

So I got a CD in the mail with the WA state voter information; it has 3.66M active records (and something close to 5M total; they say something like 6.8M live in WA) on it, and is available for $7 from the WA secretary of state. There are 9 daniel farmers; nothing remarkable, but I’m in there, of course: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/vrdb_order.aspx They gave a few other interesting files on the […]

go .gov!

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Feb 262012

In 2009 the US government (thanks to Obama) did a remarkable thing by releasing a ton (perhaps a Library of Congress worth of tons) of data: http://explore.data.gov/ Much of the data is in CSV/JSON/XLS/etc formats.  The Seattle gov has done similar local data efforts, much through the same underlying architecture: http://data.seattle.gov/ Socrata seems to be behind a lot of the more open stuff: http://opendata.socrata.com/ A few interesting visualizations of […]