[ddj] Politician data tools/sites

Randy Wright rw26 at lrw.net
Thu Aug 6 12:39:47 UTC 2015

With respect to popit:

mySociety is the sponsor of popit and they have "fundamentally similar" 
competing products including everypolitician.org and 
YourNextrepresentative. According to a google forums post by Tom 
Steinberg, the Director of mySociety, they have decided to focus their 
efforts on the other projects. Here's a link to that announcement:


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
data developer

On 08/06/2015 07:30 AM, Matthew Linares wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am looking for a few things which I think people here may know 
> about. Any leads will be most appreciated!
> 1) Good examples of platforms collating data on politicians (or 
> structurally similar subjects), particularly where those platforms 
> enable search and complex querying of the data. theyworkforyou 
> <http://www.theyworkforyou.com>, popit <http://popit.poplus.org/> (not 
> actively developed) are examples I know of, but I'm looking for best 
> in class projects from across the world, both active and otherwise, 
> open and closed source.
> 2) Anyone know why popit is no longer actively developed?
> 3) Developers and others involved in the making, maintenance or 
> analysis of this kind of software and datasets.
> 4) Aside from the datasets in use at theyworkforyou 
> <http://parser.theyworkforyou.com/>, useful sources of data 
> (structured and otherwise) on UK politicians. This may be significant 
> data relating to them explicitly as politicians, or referencing them 
> as individuals in other fields (e.g. opencorporates 
> <https://opencorporates.com/> which might be cross-queried with 
> members data 
> <https://github.com/mysociety/parlparse/tree/master/members>). 
> Alternately, non-UK specific ideas about how to query data of this 
> sort across domains.
> 5) Any good resources which detail developments and resources in this 
> field.
> Thank you for your thoughts!
> Matthew Linares
> Technical & Publications Coordinator
> openDemocracy.net <https://www.openDemocracy.net>
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