Importance of Volunteers
The Open Records Project consists only of volunteers.
Most have a day job doing something important. Some
are retired. We've had volunteers as young as 18 and
as old as 85.
There are three types of volunteers.
Professionals ‐ These are mostly computer programmers,
financial analysts, and lawyers. If you are a computer
programmer, particularly a heavy database guru; Linux,
C++, Mysql, Hadoop Big Data, or Oracle we'd like to
make your acquaintance.
We also like statisticians. These highly skilled individuals
donate the expertise that allows us to unravel complex
public policy problems.
Data Diggers ‐ These are people who make FOIA
and open records requests and chase down the data. They
run to courthouses, county clerk offices, and other
physical locations to retrieve records.
If you have a car and are interested, you can help, no
other expertise required.
Crowd Sourcers ‐ These individuals will take a chunk
of records from the Data Diggers and perform some
detailed analysis. An example of crowd sourcing was
an investigation to locate dead and duplicate voters
from voter registrations.
These people work mostly in front of a computer. Their
most valuable skill is the ability to use Google and
other search engines.
If you really want to make a difference in an open society,
tell us how you think you can help.