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Improve electronic, machine-readable access to campaign finance data

Money is inseparable from politics, and it's important that citizens, journalists, and researchers have full accessibility to search, access, process, and download campaign finance data. The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Disclosure Board's website is dated and incredibly difficult to search, and doesn't allow the download of electronic data in a machine-readable format (where applicable). As a testament to how old ...more »

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Make all court data online and publicly accessible

Currently only a limited amount of information is available to the public relating to Minnesota civil and criminal court cases. By visiting http://pa.courts.state.mn.us/ one can lookup a case and see text summaries only. However, by visiting a courthouse in person (such as the Hennepin County underground court vault), additional information is accessible including PDFs of court filings. One can't understand the nature ...more »

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Consolidate county software for universal county programs

There are certain online services that each county in the state is obligated to provide, but each county goes about it in their own way, resulting in 87 unique web and software implementations for ultimately the same features from the county down the road. That's duplicated spending and IT support, and when one county adds a new feature, nobody else has it. All Minnesota counties run certain programs based on Minnesota ...more »

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Create an open data portal for all state agencies

Many states, state agencies, and municipalities around the country have started to recognize the value of open data. That is, taking public government datasets and making them machine-readable and accessible via a unified, standard portal. Open data fuels many things we enjoy today: live traffic on Google, cool transit apps, hospital pricing lookup utilities, and many industries rely on government data to function. ...more »

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