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Public Meetings

A model open and transparent "Participation 3.0" effort to create an open standard for distributing public meeting notices, agendas, documents, etc. across the Web 2.0 world.

Imagine services across the Internet where the public can enter their address and keyword interests and be pro-actively notified online about public meetings and agenda items that matter to them from ALL the government bodies that serve/represent/govern them.

This project will test our open source-style design process designed to bring together democracy/participation experts, government staff/interest elected officials, and technologists/geeks in a group process that leads to the most effective results that actually serves the greatest public good with a sustainable "move the field" design as an end goal.

Project elements include:

1. Project outline - A two page project outline that will also serve as a model for our Next Generation Ideas open specification process (this might be described as the first of ten big ideas). The outline will include a "" data sharing network and an "" site to quickly build a proof of concept Minneapolitan-centered prototype.

2. Public meeting notice and agenda open standard draft - We will engage the W3C E-Government Interest Group, the eCitizen Foundation, and others to craft a draft standard that will promote a long-term, distributed solution to help governments and government-oriented technology vendors automate the process of providing public data sets with real-time public meeting information. This is likely the best path to universal distribution of this option to many local communities over the long-run.

3. prototype and data scraping initiative - Quickly demonstrate the power of a geo-aware tool for personalized alerts about upcoming public meetings from the dozens of public bodies that serve Minneapolis. This inform and seek to utilize the open standard draft but in this case the data will be "scraped" by us and converted into XML before being used by our site. We are exploring options to work with the new UK-based [OpenlyLocal] open source-oriented site to scrape these Minneapolis sites in the near term.

4. Public meeting comments and ratings experiment

Depending up the resources available, will support public comments and rating of comments on upcoming meeting agenda items. We will connect awareness of these comments directly into the 1,000+ participant online town hall Minneapolis Issues Forum.


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