Do you regularly make FOIA requests? Or are interested in making the process easier and more transparent?
BetaNYC’s member and Knight Prototype Fund Winner, Max Galka, demos his FOIA Mapper. For this BetaTalk, Max will talk about the importance of the freedom of information law, the law’s digital connectivity, and introduce us to FOIA Mapper. A majority of the event will focus on feedback and your reactions to guide the next stage of the development.
What is FOIA Mapper?
Government agencies store an enormous amount of data in offline databases, far more than what is available online as open data. And in theory, anyone has the right to access it through a Freedom of Information request. However, the catch is that most government databases are not documented anywhere online, so there is no practical way of knowing what to ask for. The goal of FOIA Mapper is to collect information about these opaque offline databases and organize it into a searchable catalog - basically a search engine for offline government data. https://foiamapper.com