(this is one of the projects of the #openimpact shortlist)
Councilmatic is a subscription service for city council legislative information. The web app allows users to support, oppose, and comment on a bill and discuss it with a wider community. Councilmatic provides email subscriptions to relevant legislations, provides information like the geographical areas mentioned, related legislation, and related information from around the internet.
|What does it do?||Allows citizens to subscribe to new legislation, to contextualize legislation and evaluate legislation.|
|Outcome||Citizens will be more informed about new legislations.|
|Organizations||Code for America|
|Contact persons||Mjumbe Poe|
|Media||participatorypolitics.org, technical.ly, sunlightfoundation.com|
|Data used||Scraped from Philadelphia City Council’s legislation site|
|Data generated||Supports Open311 as a client and partly as a server API|
|Tech stack||Django, Python|
|Replications||Chicago, Oakland, New York City, Philadelphia|
|First steps||1. Check if your local council provides (scrapable) data on legislations|
|2. Fork the code|
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