Crowdfund WWI photographs and a better platform for FOIA requestsLauren Davis8/11/13 3:00pmFiled to: crowdfund thisdean putneywwifoiacenter for investigative journalismfoia machinejed henryedo superstarlaika believescrowdfundingkickstarter10EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkRequesting information through the Freedom of Information Act isn't always simple, but a group of investigative journalists are making the process more accessible than ever. And one fellow is looking to share his German great-grandfather's WWI photos with the world.Experience World War I through a German officer's photosDean Putney has an amazing trove of photographs from World War I, a collection thousands of pictures taken by his great-grandfather Walter Koessler and stereograms from the war. Hoping to share these unique images, Putney is putting together a book of the photographs. For an $8 pledge, backers receive a PDF of the book. For a $25 pledge, they'll receive high resolution downloads of each page of the album. For an $89 pledge, they'll receive a hardcover copy of the book, plus a print from the album, a PDF of the book, and the digital downloads.FOIA MachineWant to make Freedom of Information Act requests easier? Berkeley's Center for Investigative Reporting is developing the FOIA Machine, an online platform designed to streamline the FOIA request process and create a community of journalists working through the process themselves. This is really a back-it-because-you-believe-in-it project, but there are various rewards at various levels.Edo Superstar by Jed Henry We're big fans of Jed Henry's Ukiyo-e Heroes illustration series, which portrays video game characters in the style of Japanese woodblocks. Now he's making a Ukiyo-e inspired fighting game for iOS, Android, PC, and Mac. For a $10 pledge, backers receive a digital artbook plus a download of the game, but personally, I'm eyeing the t-shirts at the $30 pledge level.