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Help us make an ID per election in the UK

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Tim Green (co-founder of Democracy Club) is asking for help with a very important problem we have:

This is something that’s been bumping around my head for a bit, and has come up quite a bit in chats around Democracy Club and civic tech generally. It’s a very simple but, I’d say, necessary bit of infrastructure for UK elections online: standardised codes for elections.

Read the full blog post for much more.

Here’s the conversation to far:

j4 tweeted:

And sussexrick added:

On the mailing list, floppy pointed out that he has a way of storing elections already

Update 2015-12-14

Tim and Iain got in to a debate about linked data, IDs, URIs and issuing authorities. Is there anyone who wants to use this ID system who has an opinion either way? We’d like to build systems that work best for users of them!

Update 2015-12-19

RichardOfSussex suggested using numeric IDs:

Plus, Tim will be talking about this at the next Citizen Beta. If you’re in London, come along to have this conversation in person!

Can you help us? Tweet Tim or @democlub, or email the Google group with your thoughts!