Sunlight Foundation Announces Apps for America Finalists

This year’s Public Access to Government Information (PAGI) Award winner, The Sunlight Foundation, recently named the three finalists in their “Apps for America 2: The Challenge.” Apps for America gives web developers the opportunity to design applications that increase government transparency. This year, all eligible entries were required to use at least one of the data sources or content from

One of the especially interesting finalists is GovPulse, “a Federal Register browser.” GovPulse lets you sort by agency, date published, event date, topic, and location. It also includes a section for “Comments closing soon” and “Comments recently opened.” This app offers many interesting visualization possibilities, so if you’re interested, you might want to spend a few minutes playing with the options!


The other finalists are ThisWeKnow and DataMasher. ThisWeKnow organizes and ranks information that the federal government has about your community, such as areas with the least toxins or highest unemployment. DataMasher allows you to take two different public data sources and mash them up. Sunlight Labs blogger Clay’s favorite is People per US Representative.

You can vote for your favorite application by registering for a Sunlight Labs account and casting your ballot.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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