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Every single word that’s spoken at a City Council meeting is recorded, but the transcripts — all that data — are stuck in user-unfriendly PDF format.
So MySociety, a United Kingdom-based civic technology organization, turned them into something that’s easier to read and link to, and searchable, too. It focused on transcripts from January 2013 to March 2014. It’s part of MySociety’s “SayIt” tool, software that makes transcripts accessible.
MySociety’s founder Tom Steinberg visited Philadelphia last year and was impressed by its civic hacking scene. That’s one reason he wants to pilot SayIt in the city. He’s currently looking for an organizational partner. If you’re interested in opening up this type of data, contact them.
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