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Opening up city councils

An open source web app is making it easier for cities to connect residents to local city council offices, encouraging greater online public dialog about issues in their communities.

Councilmatic, which relies on such open source building block as Python, PostgreSQL and Apache Solr, allows residents to subscribe to email updates on specific issues, council members and meetings. It also allows users to get email updates based on Councilmember and committee.

Participatory Politics Foundation led the effort to create the online tool and worked with DataMade to build it. The app is currently used by New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago.

The code for the website is available on GitHub.

Posted by GCN Staff on Feb 02, 2017 at 12:38 PM


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