Finally, An API to Help Bind Citizens to their Representatives



August 03, 2007

OpenConcept is looking for Beta testers to help them evaluate our new political web service, Make The Change. We need application developers to take a look at the API we've outlined here, and suggest ways that it could be implemented for your projects.

We've provided an example for PHP, but there are lots of great folks out there who use Perl, Python and other neat development languages. We are rolling out tools for Drupal, but Joomla & Plone have big communities of users who could benefit from this technology too.

Like the folks at we believe that governments have a responsibility to make data about Canada and Canadians free and accessible to citizens. However, until this data is free and way better organized, social movements need to work together to make this information available to the grassroots.

If you want more information, please let us know!

About The Author

Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.