[Fsfe-ie] Fwd: [open-government] SayIt launches today - a new Poplus Component to make politicians’ speeches easier to find

Anthony Clearn aclearn at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jan 15 23:56:06 CET 2014

Hi,this may be of interest given the recent post about politicians.

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Subject: 	[open-government] SayIt launches today - a new Poplus 
Component to make politicians’ speeches easier to find
Date: 	Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:18:03 +0000
From: 	Jen Bramley <jen at mysociety.org>
To: 	open-government at lists.okfn.org

Apologies if people receive this a number of times because it's cross 

Hi all!

Poplus <http://poplus.org/>, the network that mySociety 
<http://www.mysociety.org/>and Ciudadano Inteligente 
<http://www.ciudadanointeligente.org/?lang=en>have founded, has taken a 
big step forward today, thanks to the launch of SayIt 
<http://sayit.mysociety.org/>, the second Poplus Component. Our goal is 
to collaboratively build pieces of technology that make it quicker and 
cheaper for people around the world to build websites and apps designed 
to make empower citizens. We would love users, developers, activists 
NGOs and CSOs to contribute to this network in any way they wish. It 
could be by building, using, testing or sharing components!

But I digress, back to the launch.

SayIt <http://sayit.mysociety.org/>exists to make it easy to publish 
beautiful, easy to search, transcripts of politicians? speeches, 
interviews, and the proceedings of trials.

We've uploaded some examples from the UK that are demos of what SayIt 
could be used for:

The Leveson Inquiry <http://leveson.sayit.mysociety.org/>An 
investigation into press ethics in the UK

The Charles Taylor trial <http://charles-taylor.sayit.mysociety.org/>The 
former president of Liberia?s war crimes trial

And the complete works of Shakespeare 
<http://shakespeare.sayit.mysociety.org/>(you can search them for any 
keyword <http://shakespeare.sayit.mysociety.org/search/?q=unicorn>, 
browse by character <http://shakespeare.sayit.mysociety.org/speakers>, 
or by individual plays <http://shakespeare.sayit.mysociety.org/speeches>).

However, the real goal of SayIt <http://sayit.mysociety.org/>is to 
accelerate the launch of websites, all around the world, that keep track 
of what is said by politicians and other powerful people. And we?ve 
built SayIt <http://sayit.mysociety.org/>so that this feature can be 
added to existing websites without having to abandon all your current 

We?ve written a blog post 
about the launch where you can see a little more information about what 
this component does. Please do browse, use and give feedback!

All the best


Jen Bramley
*International Project Development Manager*
mySociety | mysociety.org/international/ 
Tel: 0044 (0) 7806 604 041
Skype: JenMySoc

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