Last week, our community lost Aaron Swartz. We are still reeling. Aaron was a fighter for openness and freedom, and many people have been channeling their grief into positive actions for causes that were close to Aaron’s heart. One of these people is Aaron Greenspan, creator of the open-data site Plainsite and the Think Computer Foundation. Together, we have established a generous set of grants to be awarded to the first person (or group) that develops the following upgrades to RECAP, our court record liberation system. RECAP would not exist without the work of Aaron Swartz.
Three grants are being made available related to RECAP. Each grant is worth $5,000.00:
- Grant 1: Develop and release a version of RECAP for the Google Chrome browser that matches the current Firefox browser extension functionality
- Grant 2: Develop and release a version of RECAP for Internet Explorer that matches the current Firefox browser extension functionality
- Grant 3: Update the Firefox browser extension to capture appellate court documents, and update the RECAP server code to parse them and respond appropriately to browser extension requests
For more details, see The Aaron Swartz Memorial Grants. If you are interested, you must register by the end of January.
We are honored to be part of one of the many projects being undertaken in Aaron Swartz’s honor.