Yearly Archives: 2015

The next 3 months are going to be really busy – here is our plan

Since the beginning of this year the core team at the OpenAustralia Foundation has been getting together for a day every quarter to make a plan for the upcoming 3 months. As our team grows (we’re now 3 full time people) these kinds of occasional but regular planning sessions help to keep us working well […]

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A little scraping goes a long way

Last night, about 10 of us got together in Sydney for a fun night of scraping and learning about morph.io. I organised the get together because I’m just really excited about writing scrapers and using data from morph.io at the moment. I’ve only been writing scrapers for the last few months as Matthew and I […]

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A step forward for open government in NSW and the NT

Millions of people in New South Wales and the Northern Territory can now easily make requests for information from their governments and local councils. We’ve added hundreds of new authorities to Right To Know that cover state, territory, and local government in NSW and the NT. Right To Know makes it simple for you discover […]

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Helping people open governments around the world – AlaveteliCon 2015

A fortnight ago I had the privilege of attending AlaveteliCon 2015 in Madrid. It’s the conference about online Freedom of Information (FOI) technologies named after Alaveteli, the open source software that runs Right To Know. Looking back it was a huge two days packed with sessions on every important aspect of running FOI request sites. […]

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You now have to use a key to access the PlanningAlerts API

Three months ago we announced that you would need to get an API key to use the PlanningAlerts API. We gave you lots of time to transition. We made the use of an API key optional during this transition period. Now, as the start of June has passed, we’ve made the use of the API […]

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Civic Tech Monthly, May 2015

Welcome to the fourth edition of Civic Tech Monthly. Below you’ll find news and notes about civic tech from Australia and around the world. As always we’d love to see you at the OpenAustralia Foundation Sydney Pub Meet next Tuesday if you’re in town. If you’d like to help us out by passing this on, […]

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Civic Tech Monthly, April 2015

Welcome to the third edition of Civic Tech Monthly. Below you’ll find news and notes about civic tech from Australia and around the world. Now that we’re three ports into this voyage we’d love to know what you think. If you’ve got ideas or feedback please leave a comment. You can also contribute and comment […]

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Right To Know is now in the ACT

Right To Know, our Freedom of Information project, already makes requesting information under FOI super easy. So far you’ve only been able to request information from the Federal Government but now you’re also able to request information from the ACT Government using Right to Know. This change is great for people who are interested in the goings on […]

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The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2015

In late March I was lucky enough to be in London attending The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2015. mySociety organised this first international conference on research and civic tech and they kindly shipped me over to take part. I had a great time. I’ve returned with heaps of questions and ideas that need more […]

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A better Right To Know on your phone

One in four people who visit Right To Know use a mobile device to do so. Unfortunately the site hasn’t been designed for them. They’ve been forced to zoom in on the page designed for desktop users. This made it hard to navigate, quickly understand what a page is about, and request information. When traffic […]

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