The Sunlight Foundation is wrapping up its second Apps for America contest, and it wants your help picking a winner. Amongst the three finalists are a government notice archive, data masher and what Sunlight's director calls "EveryBlock for federal data," referring to the site recently acquired by MSNBC.com.
This contest came with a challenge to expose the contents of Data.gov, the initiative to increase public access to government datasets.
Using GovPulse, you can use filters to decide what is important to you. For example, view by department, location or date. The site's homepage provides a list of notices available for comment, highlighting those that have just opened and those that are about to close. Civic engagement has never been so easy.
DataMasher brings basic mathematics to data. Choose two from over fifty datasets, then add, subtract, multiply or divide to get new values.
For example, one user took the current population by state, divided by the number of representatives per state and came up with the people per representative. Denny Rehlberg may be the hardest-working man in congress, as he has to single-handedly represent Montana's nearly 1 million people.
Click an individual item and be taken to a breakdown of the data. Even better, from there you can go straight to the source in data.gov.
And if you're looking to win next time, Programmable Web keeps a list of current mashup contests.