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Aug. 19, 2016 12:48 pm

A bunch of #opengov groups are leading a California ‘database hunt’

Why? The state's recently-published data catalogs need indexing. The Data Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Sunlight Foundation need your help on Aug. 27.

Let's lend a hand to our California open data friends.

(Photo by Flickr user Jamie Beverly, used under a Creative Commons license)

The Data Foundation, the sister organization of the Data Coalition that launched this winter, is teaming up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation to hold a “California Database Hunt.”

The goal? California’s local government agencies are now (as of July 1, 2016) required to publish a list of all “enterprise systems” they use to store data and information on the public.

According to event organizers, “these catalogs not only name the databases, but the type of data they collect and store, the name of the software used and the vendor.” Understandably, this new regulation is an incredible opportunity for open data enthusiasts of all stripes but, as organizers of the hunt put it, “first we need to index all these catalogs.”

That’s precisely what this event — to be held on Aug. 27 from 2-6 p.m. at the Data Foundation offices on K Street — aims to do. Sprint participants in D.C. will be joined by a group working in San Francisco, and virtual participants are welcome as well.

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