OpenAustralia.org’s
    experience with
Open-source and content -
    a tiny case study
            Matthew Landauer
     ...
What is OpenAustralia?


• Website to make it easier for the general
  public to follow what their elected
  representativ...
A feature taster
• Read debates
• “Digitial Dossier” for Representatives /
  Senators
• Email alerts
• RSS feeds
• Powerfu...
Who runs
      OpenAustralia?

• Volunteers
• Non-partisan
Everything
     is
open-source
Based on
TheyWorkForYou.com
twfy code BSD licensed
Our parser Affero GPL
What about the
content we use?
Content

• Photos
• Hansard
• Hand collected information about
  Representatives / Senators
• Register of Interests
Hansard
• “Copyright Commonwealth of Australia”
• First request to Commonwealth Copyright
  Administration beginning of De...
Hansard
• 13 Feb: Parliamentary Web Manager,
  Parliament House, passes request to “web
  content” section.
• 18 Mar: “ Yo...
Register of Interests for
Senators and Representatives

• financial interests
• stocks and shares held
• gifts received ove...
Register of Interests for
Senators and Representatives



• No clue what the copyright / licensing
  situation is despite ...
OpenAustralia.org’s  experience with  Open-source and content -  a tiny case study
OpenAustralia.org’s  experience with  Open-source and content -  a tiny case study
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OpenAustralia.org’s experience with Open-source and content - a tiny case study

  1. 1. OpenAustralia.org’s experience with Open-source and content - a tiny case study Matthew Landauer Founder / Developer twitter: @matthewlandauer email: matthew@openaustralia.org Unlocking IP 2009
  2. 2. What is OpenAustralia? • Website to make it easier for the general public to follow what their elected representatives are up to
  3. 3. A feature taster • Read debates • “Digitial Dossier” for Representatives / Senators • Email alerts • RSS feeds • Powerful / Easy to use searching
  4. 4. Who runs OpenAustralia? • Volunteers • Non-partisan
  5. 5. Everything is open-source
  6. 6. Based on TheyWorkForYou.com
  7. 7. twfy code BSD licensed
  8. 8. Our parser Affero GPL
  9. 9. What about the content we use?
  10. 10. Content • Photos • Hansard • Hand collected information about Representatives / Senators • Register of Interests
  11. 11. Hansard • “Copyright Commonwealth of Australia” • First request to Commonwealth Copyright Administration beginning of Dec 2007 • No response • Tried again in Jan 2008 • 10 Jan: copyright belongs with Australian Parliament House
  12. 12. Hansard • 13 Feb: Parliamentary Web Manager, Parliament House, passes request to “web content” section. • 18 Mar: “ You do not require permission to reproduce Hansard extracts, as the Hansard report is considered to be public domain material”
  13. 13. Register of Interests for Senators and Representatives • financial interests • stocks and shares held • gifts received over a certain value, and • memberships of Clubs and Associations
  14. 14. Register of Interests for Senators and Representatives • No clue what the copyright / licensing situation is despite numerous requests

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