I suspect that many, if not most, of you that found your way here after listening to Ben Markus‘ piece on Hawaii Public Radio have never visited my blog before. My blog never enjoyed a lot of traffic, and now it doesn’t even get the modest traffic it used to enjoy since I post so infrequently. I no longer have immediate access to a computer (much less to the Capitol environment) all day, and I was getting a bit tired of the usual “link with a commentary” format. This project was a chance to be less parasitic and to work on something original—even if a bit banal to the non-wonk world. Along the way, this project became at least as much a story about the struggle simply to obtain the records as a story about the actual records.
Anyway, you’re here, so you’ve probably heard Ben’s piece, which means you know the gist of what I’ve been up to for the past 18 months(!). A good place to explore where you will find links to all the related posts is at my small corner of the Hawaii Open Data Project, a place established by Ryan Ozawa to serve as a repository of sorts for projects like what I’ve been doing. If you only want the blow-by-blow of the struggle to get the records, however, that is all described in this long post.
By the way, Mr. Markus interviewed me for this piece on November 4, 2010. Fitting, then, that it should air seven weeks later, as no part of this project came together as quickly as I would have liked… haha.
Please, leave me a comment, spread the word about this project, and USE THE DATA!
p.s. If you missed it, then you can try to listen later today (around 4:30pm HST).