Manybills.us + Commons for Europe + Law Is Code
Open Government, Transparency and Visualization: Lessons Learned in Visualizing US Congressional Legislation
Manybills.us is a publicly accessible, web based visualization of US Congressional Legislation that combines machine learning and visualization to make long complex documents more approachable. In this session we will discuss the goals, design and implementation of the visualization. We also reflect on our experience releasing the tool to the public and what we learned about visualization and its potential implications for transparency and citizen engagement.
Commons for Europe: Orchestrating Collaboration with Coders and Citizens
Commons for Europe brings the successful Code for America to Helsinki, Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona, UK-NESTA and Manchester. Set up as a fellowship program the project allows cities to make use of the capacity and skills of data technologists, and shows them how citizens are best able to contribute to new city services. Miriam Reitenbach and Ivonne Jansen-Dings from Waag Society in Amsterdam elaborate on the idea and implementation of the Commons for Europe program. We will show best practices and tools that can help bring together programmers and city authorities to create a new ecosystem which results in a range of new digital applications for citizens.
Law Is Code: parliament amendments as commits
Let’s reverse Lessig’s metaphor and pretend that Law is Code! Do we make the law more understandable if we use developper’s tools? Can we discover political facts out of these tools? Governments submit initial drafts, then debugged by Parliaments which vote amendments just like developers propose patches. Our project, realized with people from Sciences po university, aims to transform all these steps to open legislative data, in order to track the evolution of a law through a version-control system (such as Git) where each amendment will be an individual commit.
Yannick Assogba, Research Developer at IBM Research , http://clome.info, @tafsiri
Ivonne Jansen-Dings and Miriam Reitenbach from Waag Society, twitter: @commons4europe
Tangui Morlier, Cofounder of Regards Citoyens, Twitter:@RegardsCitoyens, contact (at) regardscitoyens.org
Yannick Assogba: Yannick Assogba is a Research Developer at IBM Research in Cambridge, MA. He is interested in the design of novel data visualizations and visual interfaces. He joined IBM in 2009 after graduating with a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab. His graduate work included developing tools for enabling and motivating cooperation via code sharing within physically distributed, network-mediated developer communities. As well as lightweight personal informatics and data visualization to support online identity and social communication. Prior to the Media Lab, He worked within an artistic context at OBX Labs, in the area of dynamic typography and its integration with real time human performance. He also holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Concordia University, Montreal. http://manybills.us, http://research.ibm.com/visual
Commons for Europe:
Regards Citoyens: Regards Citoyens is a french association formed of multiple diverses citizens over France working together to promote, reuse and create Open Data in order to help citizens understand better our democratic institutions. Regards Citoyens actively promotes public Open Data in France since 2009. In addition to popularizing Open Data principles in France, the members of this association create web projects using public data with Free and Open Source Software in order to provide tools for a better dialogue between citizens and representatives and a better understanding of the French democratic institutions. Their most known initiative is a parliamentary monitoring website: www.NosDéputés.fr
Location: INSPIRE Meeting Room
Date & Time: Wed 19th, 11:30-13:00
Topic Stream: Open Democracy and Citizen Movements
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