Okay, so what are you going to do with it?

On the first of August 2011, after 8 years of hard graft and dedication, Francis Irving and Julian Todd handed us the reins of The Public Whip.

So, what are we going to do with it?

For a small question, it’s got quite a lengthy answer, so we’ll try to give you a summary:

  • PublicWhip.org.uk will remain a free to use, not-for-profit and open source website
  • After eight years, some of the code is getting a bit janky, so we’ll be stripping down and re-writing it
  • We want to engage the community in the site and the wider issues it raises, and will always be grateful for volunteers of all skill sets
  • We’ll be looking to give the front-end a bit of design love, making the site easier to use and to navigate (and a bit easier on the eye too)
  • We’ll be looking into sponsorship and/or donations to help fund development of new functionality
  • We’re looking at building a seperate API for NGOs, newspapers, lobby groups and campaigning organisations – so that they can make the most of the juicy raw data (if you’re any of these and would like to chat about how we can make the project more useful for you – get in touch!)
  • We’ll be looking to globalise the project, getting regionalised versions of PW into as many countries as possible (if you’re interested in being involved in this, give us a shout)

Along the way, we’re going to try and document as much as we can, keeping you up to date with what’s happening on the site and the wider project. We’ll also be talking a lot about the technologies we’re using to rebuild the site, why we’ve made the choices we have etc, with the hope that it’ll be helpful to other open data projects of all sizes.

If you want to contact us about the site, or the wider project, there’s loads of ways you can do that. The Public Whip is on Facebook and Twitter, you can email team@publicwhip.org.uk, or even leave a comment here on the blog.

If you’ve got a press enquiry, want to ask us about Raraunga, sponsoring The Public Whip, or are interested in the API service, you can also find us on Facebook and Twitter, or email hello@raraunga.com.

That’s all for now, we’d best go get some work done! Thanks for supporting The Public Whip thus far, there’s a very long road ahead, but we’re looking forward to the challenge and hope you’ll come along for the ride.