Trends in Ed 7.23.09
Another example of a good online political experiment:
has launched an earmark-finding competition that will award prizes to the ordinary citizens who display the greatest talent for logging government "pork barrel" spending.
1st prize gets a Kindle, 2nd prize gets an iPod Shuffle, 3rd prize gets...a fruitcake. Hm.
Anyway, in three days the site's already received 3,500 entries in their earmark database. Seems like a good example of a site using crowdsourcing to generate large amounts of data, and (from a civic education standpoint) a good way to encourage ordinary people to take a look at the nuts and bolts of legislative documents.
More info here.