[OKFN-AU] Introduction / Open Local / FixMyStreet Australia

Andrew Perry andrew.perry at foclaw.org
Sun Jan 27 11:26:58 UTC 2013

Sorry, the correct url for the blog post referred to below is 

Andrew Perry wrote:
> Hi all
> Looking forward to everything that will come out of linux.conf.au over 
> the coming days and in particular the Open Government mini-conf - wish 
> I could make it!
> I am a lawyer who has been using and promoting Open Source software 
> for the past 15+ years and participated in various Open Government 
> initiatives for the last 3-4.  I have founded an organisation, 
> Community Builders Australia, that primarily assists non-profits with 
> the implementation of open source CMS/CRM/DMS 
> (Drupal/CiviCRM/Alfresco) but has also been developing a database of 
> Australian Federal and State politicians for use by NFPs in their 
> lobbying activities and we're also developing a "Where to Vote" mobile 
> app to help people find their local polling booths and find out more 
> about the candidates.
> I have a blog post at www.foclaw.org.au that outlines my philosophy of 
> "Sustainable Sharing".
> Last year I decided it was time to deliver on some of the things that 
> we have been working on and talking to stakeholders about, so Open 
> Local <http://www.openlocal.org.au> was born.
> Yesterday, to celebrate Australia Day, Open Local launched FixMyStreet 
> Australia at http://nsw.fixmystreet.org.au
> As the domain name suggests, FixMyStreet is currently servicing NSW, 
> with Victoria (and other States) to come online next month.
> As part of implementing FixMyStreet, Open Local has also implemented a 
> MapIt server that lets you browse various areas covering the nation 
> including ABS Commonwealth Electoral Divisions, State Electoral 
> Divisions and Local Government Areas: Type in your postcode in the 
> form of http://mapit.openlocal.org.au/areas/pc6000.html for 6000, 
> click on the result and you can see what I mean.  You can then see 
> what other areas cover or overlap it using the navigation on the page.
> We plan to build on it to make other ABS information more readily 
> available and actionable.
> I am particularly interested in the policy and practicalities of open 
> source / open data / open government models.
> I look forward to participating in the group.
> If you are in NSW, please post any issues in your street on 
> FixMyStreet and let us know how you go getting a response from your 
> Council.
> Regards
> Andrew
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