Yearly Archives: 2014

Time for another hackfest – Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW) edition

A photo from a previous OpenAustralia Hackfest

The OpenAustralia Foundation is pleased to invite you to another one of our legendary hackfests. In some of our previous hackfests we’ve opened PlanningAlerts to over 1.8 million more Australians and brought hacks and hackers together to launch our Freedom of Information project Right To Know. Places are limited so RSVP for free now or […]

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Sydney Pub Meet Now A Regular Feature

Photo of the Woolpack Hotel

Before the night was even over at our last pub meet people were asking when the next one would be so we’re making it a regular thing! From now on, the last Tuesday of every month will feature the OpenAustralia Sydney Pub Meet. We’ve now got a fancy Meetup group set up so please join […]

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Sydney Pub Meet – 24th June 2014

Photo of The Library room

We’re having a Sydney pub meet on Tuesday the 24th of June 2014 and you’re invited. Come along, say hi, and have a chat about open government, transparency, FOI, and civic hacking with us and friends. You can even get a sneak peek at our upcoming project. We’ll be sitting by the fire in the […]

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Parliamentary vote tracker project: A Case Study – Asylum Seeker Policy

This post is part of a series on our parliamentary vote tracker project. Read our previous post to learn more about the concept of policies and policy selection. You can also read our previous posts: a technical update and an introduction to what we’re doing and why. Co-authored by Natasha Burrows. Specific wordings of policies have been […]

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Parliamentary vote tracker project: The concept of policies and policy selection

This post is part of a series on our parliamentary vote tracker project. You can also read our previous posts: a technical update and an introduction to what we’re doing and why. Advice from Richard Taylor has been a great anchor throughout the process of developing policies. This is that: The first priority when creating […]

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Parliamentary vote tracker project: what we are doing and why

Chamber Red and Notice Paper

Hello! Welcome to a series of posts about the OpenAustralia Foundation’s new conception, a parliamentary vote tracker. This project is based on the Public Whip, a site developed in the UK by Julian Todd and Francis Irving. The point of this project is to make the processes and procedures of parliament more accessible to the […]

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A long overdue tech update about Australia’s first ever parliamentary vote tracker

Photo of working on the project

Back in July last year Matthew told you that we’d started work on a new project and it’s high time for an update on the progress of that project. I want to share with you what we’ve been doing, where we’re at right now, and some exciting new development that we’re undertaking before we launch […]

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Morph: Announcing A New Scraping Platform

Web scrapers could be called the unsung heroes of data liberation. They invisibly power so many websites including real estate search sites, product comparison sites and the ever familiar Google search engine. Scraping is where you run a program to extract structured data from web pages. Web scraping powers PlanningAlerts, which allows you to find […]

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