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Latest P5 Resident Working on Open Source Legislation Tracker

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P5 resident Alan Palazzolo (Krista Kjellman Schmidt/ProPublica)

Our P5 Resident this month is Alan Palazzolo from MinnPost. He’s the fifth P5 Resident.

Alan is an interactive news developer at MinnPost, where he builds open source news applications and data visualizations. His projects have included a live 2012 Minnesota election results dashboard and an animated map of a day in the life of Twin Cities “Nice Ride” bike share. Before joining MinnPost, he was part of the inaugural 2011 Fellow class at Code for America, working in Seattle, Wash. While at Code for America he helped build Change by Us.

While he's here in the nerd cube, he’ll be refactoring his code for MinnPost’s Minnesota Legislative Bill Tracker so it can work for any state. It’s already available on GitHub but we’re hoping by the end of the week to release a new version that will let anybody easily alter it to work with their state's legislative data. The tracker, which uses OpenStates data lets people focus on the bills that really matter to a publication or community.

We’re always on the lookout for new P5 Residents. Here are some details on the program and how to apply.

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