DemocracyMap, OpenStates, PopIt, Represent, Google Civic Information API, Azavea Cicero ... there are a lot of APIs to find elected officials and electoral districts by postal code or address. Proposed questions for discussion:
1. How can we ensure that these sorts of projects are financially sustainable?
2. How can we move towards governments publishing this information in a common format?
3. What should a data standard for elected officials and electoral boundaries look like?
4. What tools do advocacy groups with limited developer resources need to make the most of these APIs?
5. How do we keep volunteers engaged in writing and maintaining scrapers?
Two important outcomes from these discussions would be (1) a set of best practices for such projects, so that civic tech groups in regions without such APIs can get a head start, and (2) a strengthened commitment to building off each other's work to better sustain each other's projects, through e.g. code and schema re-use.
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