FOIA as an API
FOIA is an API. We can treat the Freedom of Information Act (and its localized equivalents) as a protocol for requesting and receiving data from the government. This approach helps journalists and researchers collect high levels of detail from public agencies across geographies and over time. It's how we scaled, for example, a project to collect medical examiner records from dozens of counties across America in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. During this conversation, we'll talk about techniques for automating and scaling public records requests and how we can go beyond acquisition and start automating the processing and analysis of data we collect. This is a conversation and a space for sharing ideas to support movements toward opening up public data.
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