What we do
Lists of Candidates
There is no open dataset of candidates for elections in the UK. This means that citizens cannot easily discover who they can vote for at the next election. The lack of open data also means that media organisations, campaigners and academics cannot easily monitor candidates. An open dataset of candidates must exist to enable related products to exist, e.g. voter advice applications or records of speakers at hustings. A thriving democracy is a transparent one.
One of the top searched for terms on the day of the 2015 general election was ‘Where do I vote?’ This information is rarely online. Councils send voters a polling card, but they might lose it or not have it available at the time they want to vote. We believe that thousands of people are disenfranchised by the lack of this information. It should be online.
On the blog
Our proposal for all government websites to publish a sort of machine readable 'index' of all the services and data they offer, with URLs to these services.Read more
Week 4 update from the bowels of Somerset House. The Thames is lapping at the door. The mice are building boats. We've built a new thing for you to ...Read more
We scour PDFs and take the dates out and put them in a Google Calendar so you don't have to. Notice of election, statement of persons nominated, notice of ...Read more
It’s week three in the Big Somerset House. And the housemates are determined to write a blogpost that doesn’t smash through the 600-words-that-people-might-actually-read-limit.
A new prototype to look ...Read more