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Public.Resource.Org, Inc.

  • Sebastopol, CA
  • http://public.resource.org/

Mission Statement

We make government information more broadly available.

Main Programs

  1. Public Safety Codes
  2. Government Videos
  3. IRS Filings
Service Areas

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National

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ruling year

2007

Principal Officer

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Carl Malamud

Keywords

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public domain

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EIN

20-8842127

 Number

7156509295

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (A05)

Engineering (U42)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Public.Resource.Org has placed on the Internet 90 million pages of documents and 6,000 videos not previously available on the Internet. We have responsible for substantial change in the information policies of many governmental bodies, including the privacy policies of the federal courts and the way the Official Journals of Government such as the Federal Register are distributed. We have been instrumental in making legally-mandated public safety codes, such as Building Codes, available on the Internet.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Public Safety Codes

We make legally-mandated public safety codes available for people to read so that we may all know the laws by which we govern ourselves.

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Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

Government Videos

Over 6,000 videos have been converted and uploaded to the Internet Archive and YouTube.

Category

International

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Program 3

IRS Filings

Over 6.9 million Form 990 filings of nonprofit corporations have been converted and made available for bulk access on the Internet.

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Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Justice Stephen Breyer once said "if a law isn't public, it isn't a law." We would like to see the raw materials of our democracy, the Edicts of Government, all available on the Internet so that people may read and speak the laws by which we choose to govern ourselves.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our strategy is to make Edicts of Government available on our servers as a model that the government may emulate. We always try to get the government to take over that function from us. Our strategy is to show by doing.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We spin 500 terabytes of disk and have extensive experience putting large government databases on the Internet and then working to convince the government to emulate our efforts.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We know we've won when the government puts out of business, taking over a database we've put on the Internet because it is their job to make the data available. We've really won if they take those databases over with a smile and thank us for our efforts.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We've made substantial progress in getting the government to do a better job of making legally-mandated Edicts of Government available. For example, most states now have a link to an online version of their compulsory building codes.
Service Areas

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National

We provide data free of charge and free of restrictions to anybody in the world.

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Public.Resource.Org, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Carl Malamud

BIO

Carl Malamud is the President and Founder of Public.Resource.Org. The author of 8 books, Malamud was previously founder of the Internet Multicasting Service, a nonprofit that started the first radio station on the Internet and was responsible for making the SEC EDGAR database available. He is the recipient of the Berkman Award from Harvard, the Pioneer Award from the EFF, and the Bill Farr Award from the First Amendment Coalition.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tim Stanley

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