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Tracking State Bills Takes a Village: The Legislature Tracker Gets Launched in N.Y.

The MinnPost's open source Legislature Project makes it easy for newsrooms and individuals to identify and keep track of bills. Welcome, New York edition.

Latest P5 Resident Working on Open Source Legislation Tracker

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

ProPublica Projects -- and P5 Projects -- Finalists for Data Journalism Awards

The Global Editors Network announced finalists for its 2013 Data Journalism Awards. On the shortlist are three projects from ProPublica and two projects from former Residents in our P5 Program.

HeartSaver: Experimenting with News Games to Tell a Story

HeartSaver, ProPublica's entry into the April 2013 GEN hack day, lets players steer New York City heart attack victims to the closest hospitals.

Meet the New Blog (Same as the Old Blog)

Today we debut a ProPublica Nerd Blog redesign, which includes a new look for our main landing page as well as our article pages. We wanted to create both a better reading experience, as well as to help you find what you're looking for more easily.

Heart of Nerd Darkness: Why Updating Dollars for Docs Was So Difficult

We updated Dollars for Docs last week. Why is updating it so difficult?

No Windows. One Exit. Free Drinks: Casino-Driven Design for Crowdsourcing

Casino-Driven Design, a technique we developed for Free the Files, cuts away all distraction and drives the user's attention toward staying focused on a single task.

Between Human and Machine: Thoughts on Malofiej 21 Day 2

One of the main undercurrents during the Malofiej World Infographic Summit was the tension between illustrative graphics, often borne out of photographs and sketches, and data visualization, whose raw material is often the very machine-based spreadsheet.

Outsider CAR: Quick Thoughts on Malofiej 21 Day 1

While the big graphics teams presented at the Malofiej Infographic Summit in Pamplona, Spain, there were also examples of artists and designers applying their own brand of CAR.

Casey Thomas, P5 Resident

The fourth P5 Resident started a project in the ProPublica offices today. He's Casey Thomas from AxisPhilly.

ProPublica's News Apps and Data Guides

RIP EveryBlock

EveryBlock is gone, here's how we archive our apps.

A New Way to 'Check In' on Education Inequality

How To Edit 52,000 Stories at Once

New Year's Resolution: Learn to Code

Want to learn to code this year? Here's our handy beginner's guide to get you started.

Use Our Nursing Home Inspect Widget on Your Site

We made it easy to search nursing home inspection reports right from your own website.

Why (and How) We Use Creative Commons for Our Stories

ProPublica has made important use of Creative Commons since our launch four and a half years ago.

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