Sunlight Foundation Makes Case to Save Sitegeist Local Data App

From a Sitegeist promotional video.

From a Sitegeist promotional video. Sitegeist / Sunlight Foundation

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The organization turns to Kickstarter in effort to save a wildly popular tool.

Two years ago, the Sunlight Foundation launched a new localized data-visualization app called Sitegeist, which pulls in information from various data sources and displays facts about a particular location. The creation of the app, which was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation was considered a resounding success.

Sitegeist won a few intuitive design awards early on and was wildly popular when it went public. It still is, with more than 117,000 downloads since December 2012.

Now, the Sunlight Foundation is seeking support to save the app, which has some known bugs and is technically outdated, as are many of the data sources Sitegeist relies on.

The folks at Sunlight have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $45,000 in funding to totally rebuild and update the Sitegeist app.

Here’s their video explaining why Sitegeist needs to be saved ...