TransparencyCamp: How to build Boston's most dangerous news start up

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Muckrock is opening up (and easing up) the process of Freedom of Information requests in Massachusetts. Founder Mike Morrissey gives the scoop to the nerds at TransparencyCamp 2011.

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TransparencyCamp: How to build Boston's most dangerous news start up

  1. 1. How To Build Boston’s Most Dangerous News Startup* For Just $399 For Just $399 For Just $399 <ul><li>*Boston Phoenix, 11/17/10 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Type, Click and File Freedom of Information Requests In Seconds </li></ul><ul><li>No Mess, No Fuss </li></ul><ul><li>Robotic Minions Chase Down Requests 24/7/364 </li></ul>
  3. 4. Avoid Work at All Costs
  4. 8. Free* Software *As in speech
  5. 9. Think Small
  6. 11. Do Less Stuff, Well <ul><li>Easier to build </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to maintain </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to use </li></ul>
  7. 12. vs.
  8. 13. <ul><li>Political Violence in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Changing food stamp demographics </li></ul><ul><li>Parking ticket appeal trends </li></ul><ul><li>Most popular dog names in a town </li></ul>
  9. 14. Play Favorites
  10. 16. We Want Users Who ... <ul><li>Want to know more than other people </li></ul><ul><li>Depend on getting information for their job </li></ul><ul><li>Care more about their communities than most people </li></ul>
  11. 18. Where’s the Beef?
  12. 19. Stats <ul><li>452 Requests </li></ul><ul><li>Completed over 80 requests </li></ul><ul><li>Published over 8,566 pages </li></ul><ul><li>3 dozen news articles </li></ul>
  13. 20. Thank You! @MuckRockNews @Morisy [email_address]

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