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OpenOakland improves the lives of Oaklanders by advancing civic innovation and open government through engaged volunteers, community partnerships, and civic technology.

We make tools. They increase access to public information. Some help Oaklanders engage more effectively with local government and with each other. We collaborate with Oakland’s civic stakeholders. We help civic-minded volunteers make a difference in their city. Join us!

Find out what we’re about or start with projects we’re hacking. Get plugged in: our community meets weekly for civic hack nights each Tuesday from 6:30–9 p.m. in City Hall Room 3. Join us! Geeks, Suits, Wonks, and all Oaklanders are welcome!

Recent Posts

Update: #OpenDisclosure prepping to test new features, building back end

The Open Disclosure California team is hard at work getting our site ready to go mobile for the 2015 elections! We’re busy developing new features – like showing funding for ballot measures, and identifying which races are attracting a lot of out-of-state and out-of-city funding. Our designers are developing new mock-ups.

We are coordinating with our Civic User Testing group to pick designs and graphs that make our data clear and simple for mobile users on the go. We’ll be recruiting users to test our designs in the coming weeks and months, so check back at the OpenOakland page for opportunities to give us your feedback.

Meanwhile our developers are hard at work, designing a site that can easily pull from government databases, like Cal-Access and Netfile. They are developing processes that categorize and understand differences in different types of campaign donation, and making sure these processes resist glitches, missing information, and failure.

Dive in on github and slack.

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