In this edition of Jon Udell's Interviews with Innovators, host Jon Udell speaks with Greg Elin, chief architect with the Sunlight Foundation. Founded in 2006, the Sunlight Foundation aims to make the operation of Congress and the U.S. government more transparent and accountable. Jon and Greg discuss the Sunlight Foundation's own projects as well as those of its partners and grantees. All of these projects revolve around gaining access to public data, and then presenting that data in ways that make it more useful to citizens, journalists, and other interested parties.
Greg Elin, chief data architect of Sunlight Labs, is a research software developer specializing in databases and interactive technologies and is the creator of Fotonotes, an open-source image annotation technology. Since the early 1990’s, he has helped large and small organizations articulate and prototype new technologies. His more than 15 years experience in New York’s hi-tech community includes experiences with dot.coms and non-profits.
From 1998 to 2002, Elin worked with New York University's IT organization on enterprise wide data and directory information. His Fotonotes image annotation concept has been adopted for use by Flickr.com, a United States Navy micro-satellite project and others. He holds a Masters from the Tisch School of the Arts’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and a B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania.
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