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Matthew Landauer - Open Australia

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Matthew Landauer's presentation at the <a href="http://rubyonrails.com.au/2008/2/5/sydney-february-2008-meetup">Rails Ocean Sydney's February Meetup</a>.

Matthew is drumming together support to build a <a href="http://www.theyworkforyou.com/">They Work For You</a> site for <a href="http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/index.htm">Australian hansard data</a>, and has set up <a href="http://openaustralia.org/">openaustralia.org</a> to get the ball rolling.

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Matthew Landauer - Open Australia

  1. 1. Building Open Australia Matthew Landauer matthew@openaustralia.org
  2. 2. About four years ago...
  3. 3. NotCon ‘04
  4. 4. Creating stress/excitement maps of London
  5. 5. Dealing With The Top 10 Worst Situations In Urban Exploration
  6. 6. Telling the time using a Marks & Spencer prawn sandwich and a BBC micro
  7. 7. Unveiling of TheyWorkForYou A new project from the people behind FaxYourMP and PublicWhip
  8. 8. It had effect
  9. 9. It changed the behaviour of MP’s
  10. 10. UK’s Channel 4 got involved
  11. 11. Elsewhere in the world
  12. 12. USA: opencongress.org
  13. 13. NZ: theyworkforyou.co.nz
  14. 14. Fast forward...
  15. 15. to late 2007
  16. 16. The plan
  17. 17. OpenAustralia.org
  18. 18. non-partisan
  19. 19. Modify existing UK TheyWorkForYou to make it “Australian”
  20. 20. That’s relatively easy
  21. 21. The challenge
  22. 22. <speech id=quot;uk.org.publicwhip/debate/2007-11-14a.648.5quot; speakerid=quot;uk.org.publicwhip/member/1950quot; speakername=quot;Paul Gogginsquot; colnum=quot;648quot; time=quot;11:30:00quot; url=quot;http:// www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm071114/debtext/ 71114-0001.htm#07111427000847quot;> <p pid=quot;a.648.5/1quot;>The strong message....</p> <p pid=quot;a.648.5/2quot;>I believe that in recent days... </speech> <speech id=quot;uk.org.publicwhip/debate/2007-11-14a.649.0quot; speakerid=quot;uk.org.publicwhip/member/1818quot; speakername=quot;Owen Patersonquot; colnum=quot;649quot; time=quot;11:30:00quot; url=quot;http:// www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm071114/debtext/ 71114-0001.htm#07111427000848quot;> <p pid=quot;a.649.0/1quot;>Does the Minister agree ...</p> </speech>
  23. 23. Ruby / Mechanize / Hpricot
  24. 24. We’ve got a very crude prototype
  25. 25. Please come join the effort!
  26. 26. Have an impact
  27. 27. There is so much to do
  28. 28. Email me matthew@openaustralia.org or go to openaustralia.org for more information
  29. 29. Questions

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